HARRISBURG – The governor signed legislation this week enacting the “Blue Lights Law” in Pennsylvania, Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) said.
“Countless lives will be saved thanks to this legislation and it was my honor to get it across the finish line,” Mastriano said. “It’s a simple fix that will make the roads safer for everyone.”
Mastriano sponsored Act 157 earlier this year after a tow truck driver in his district said other states with blue lights laws reported fewer accidents.
Under previous law, tow truck operators could only use flashing orange or yellow lights. Studies from the Texas Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan demonstrate that drivers routinely ignore the sight of these lights on the road, often resulting in fatal accidents.
“The flashing blue lights will no doubt give drivers more time to react, protecting both tow truck operators and the people in waiting in disabled vehicles on the side of the road,” Mastriano said. “I appreciate the administration’s support of this commonsense legislation and the urgency of the General Assembly to get it to his desk.”
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