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Reckless driving has life and death consequences for the men and women working to improve the PA Turnpike.

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Jeremiah Rock / Maintenance Operator One
“We were painting safety lines near Somerset and even with multiple message boards and three trucks with arrows, a speeding passenger van cut into our convoy and rear-ended my truck. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance, shaken but thankfully not hurt. Pay attention to the cones and signs. We just want to go home to our families.”

photo of Mike Kates, Maintenance Operator One

Mike Kates / Maintenance Operator One
“I’ve had two incidents in three years. First, a tractor trailer going 60 mph hit my partner’s dump truck as I ran a shoulder sweeper. My partner could never work again. Second, during a cleaning operation, a driver looking at his radio hit my attenuator truck. With all the warning signs, I keep wondering, ‘how can you miss us?’ Stop trying to do so much in your car and make driving your only focus. Literally, you’re killing us.”

go orange hits home.

Behind every PA Turnpike worker are family and friends who have a request for you.

photo of Mark Huss, Equipment Operator One

Mark Huss / Equipment Operator One
“During an ice removal job, I was driving an attenuator truck when my co-worker radioed that a tractor trailer was headed straight for us. It hit the back of my truck and my head snapped back, breaking my window. I was pushed 1/10 of a mile and the truck lost a load of steel trusses. Being hit definitely makes you more aware of what can really happen when people drive distracted. Don’t drive distracted. Pay attention to signs instead of your phone, passengers or dashboard gadgets.”

photo of Michelle Prestopine, District Manager, Fare Collection

Michelle Prestopine /
District Manager, Fare Collection

“I was in my office when I heard the loudest crash I’ve ever heard. I ran out and everything was on fire. An 80,000 lb. tractor trailer had hit my co-worker Mike’s booth and its load of floor wax caught fire. Mike survived, but the driver didn’t. We do everything we can to have safety processes in place because the worst can, and does, happen. These are real people, doing a dangerous job. Don’t worry about your money or your ticket ‘til you’re stopped.”


Todd, of Harrison City Maintenance, reminds you that he works just feet away from the traveling public. Safety matters.