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Pennsylvania Defensive Driving Course

Pennsylvania Speed Laws

Minimum Speed Regulation (P.V.C. §3364)

Except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

Suspension and Revocation

You have an obligation to drive responsibly. The Department of Transportation has a process for identifying those who drive irresponsibly and either correcting the behavior or removing the privilege to drive.

A suspension is the temporary removal of your driving privilege. A revocation is the permanent removal of your privilege to drive. Your driver's license will be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of any one of the following traffic violations:

  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • A felony involving the use of a vehicle.
  • Homicide by vehicle.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Racing on a highway.
  • Fleeing from a police officer.
  • Driving when your driver's license is already suspended or revoked.
  • Driving without lights to avoid identification.
  • Failure to stop when you are driving a vehicle involved in a crash (hit and run offense).
  • Second or any additional offense of driving without a valid driver's license within a 5-year period.
  • Failure to stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended (60-day suspension).
  • Failure to comply with a railroad crossing gate or barrier (30-day suspension).

If your driving privilege is going to be suspended or revoked, a written notice will be mailed to you listing the date when your suspension or revocation will begin. The terms of the suspension or revocation will not begin until the driver's license is surrendered to the Department of Transportation.

Handling a Road Rage Situation

If you suspect another driver is committing the act of road rage against you, try to recognize what may have caused it.

  • Make every attempt to get out of the way of the aggressive driver — change lanes and slow down if possible.
  • Do not challenge the other driver by speeding up or repeating their behaviors.
  • Avoid eye contact with an angry driver.
  • Ignore gestures and don't react to them.
  • Call 9-1-1 and report the situation to the appropriate authorities — provide the police with a vehicle description, license plate number, location, and direction of travel.

If the aggressive driver is following you, drive to a place where there are a lot of witnesses or to a police station. This will generally diffuse the situation. Do not drive directly home or to work.

Traffic Circles

Traffic circles, or roundabouts, are intersections where traffic travels around a central island in a counter-clockwise direction. Traffic circles may appear to be confusing at first, but they are actually much safer and more efficient than a regular cross intersection. All traffic travels in the same direction and speeds are often reduced due to the circular shape of the intersection.

Blood Alcohol Concentration

Alcohol enters the bloodstream very quickly after being consumed. Once in the bloodstream, the alcohol can very easily be absorbed by nearly every biological tissue in the body. The amount of alcohol present in the blood stream is called blood alcohol concentration.

Alcohol affects every person when consumed, regardless of age, gender, height, or weight. However, these things can affect how quickly the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, to what degree alcohol affects a person, and how quickly the body can metabolize the alcohol.

The following are generally considered a standard drink, which all contain about the same amount of alcohol content:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof hard liquor or spirits (one shot)
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