Pennsylvania troopers to distribute COVID-19 flyers during CMV inspections, may issue citations or fines

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced that they will begin to distribute educational materials regarding the pandemic during traffic stops and that they may issue citations “on a case-by-case basis.”

On December 6, PSP issued a news release stating that troopers and motor carrier enforcement officers will distribute flyers containing important COVID-19 mitigation information to travelers they encounter while on patrol.

According to the news release, “troopers and motor carrier enforcement officers (civilian personnel responsible for inspecting commercial vehicles and their drivers to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations) will provide the flyers to motorists during traffic stops, commercial vehicle inspections, crash investigations, responses to disabled vehicles, and other encounters. State police personnel made more than 966,000 traffic-related public contacts in 2019.”

The flyers contain information on quarantine requirements and mask requirements in the state of Pennsylvania.

Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police stated that “troopers will not proactively stop a vehicle to investigate quarantining and testing compliance, although enforcement is possible on a case-by-case basis.

Pennsylvania has COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, but work-related travel is permitted. Authorities say that travel exemptions are as follows:

  • Individuals travelling to and from the Commonwealth for work;
  • Individuals travelling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons (including providing comfort and support to a patient);
  • Military personnel travelling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority;
  • Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.