Help keep people safe in their communities and on Pennsylvania's roads
“All of Pennsylvania’s citizens have the right to live happy, healthy lives free from fear about their and their family’s personal safety.”-Governor Tom Wolf
Why is this goal important?
The commonwealth has an obligation to ensure that Pennsylvania residents and visitors are safe and secure. This obligation includes improving the safety of our roadways, protecting victims of crimes, making our classrooms a safe place to learn, and strengthening the resilience of communities to natural and human-caused disasters. By keeping Pennsylvania safe, state government lays the foundation for achieving other goals, from educating students and building a prosperous economy, to promoting public health and increasing government efficiency.
What are we working on to reach this goal?
Governor Wolf is committed to strengthening public safety in Pennsylvania. He signed an executive order to better target the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, establishing two new offices tasked with reducing community gun violence, combating mass shootings, and halting domestic violence-related and self-inflicted shootings. Additionally, in the proposed 2020-21 budget, Governor Wolf has called for $6 million in funding for evidence-based gun violence prevention programs and $4 million to support initiatives to eliminate all types of violence. He launched a School Safety Task Force to gather community input and develop a report that details solutions to improve school safety, security, and preparedness. Governor Wolf also created a School Safety and Security Committee tasked with developing the criteria that school entities are to use when performing school safety and security assessments. The Wolf Administration made Pennsylvania the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign and award grants to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. In 2018, the governor signed two major pieces of legislation, Tierne’s Law and Act 79, to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence. In other legislative accomplishments that make Pennsylvania safer, Governor Wolf increased penalties for hazing by signing the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, and overhauled the state’s animal abuse statute by approving Act 10 of 2017.
How are we doing?
The chart below shows the trend in annual traffic crash fatalities in Pennsylvania. Although the number of fatalities has decreased in recent years, there's still more work to do. Too many people continue to lose their lives on Pennsylvania's roads.
School Safety: Drug and Alcohol Use in Schools
The chart below shows the trend in the number of incidents involving reported possession, use, or sale of drugs or alcohol in Pennsylvania schools.