Friday, May 3, 2013
Next year, Lansdale Borough will be able to control the traffic signals in town, thanks to a Automated Red Light Enforcement grant. The borough marks it as the beginning of a new state-of-the-art GIS and IT initiative which is 'unheard of' in this area.
Every car you brake, every turn you make, every law you break, every step you take—they'll be watching you. The beginning of Lansdale Borough's new state-of-the-art GIS implementation via its IT report recommendations comes in the form of an Automated Red Light Enforcement state grant. Lansdale was awarded a $216,000 PennDOT grant to enhance, upgrade and control the traffic signal lines in the borough. Lansdale must match 10 percent of the total $240,000 grant award—or $24,000. "We have some good news to announce," stated Lansdale Police Chief Robert McDyre during the public safety committee meeting Wednesday. "We applied for (the ARLE grant provided by PennDOT) in June last year. We have successfully received funding." The purpose of the …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Reports says PA law changes made in 2012 are helping.
Sunday, April 7
While accidents are up, changes to the state's driving laws seem to be improving the loss of teens' lives with stricter rules about passenger limitations and expanded training hours for teen drivers. "While overall highway deaths increased in Pennsylvania last year, teen driver fatalities decreased during what was the first full year of a tougher state law," said an article in the Times Herald. According to the article, Pennsylvania’s 16- and 17-year-old driver fatalities "dropped to 44 last year, 22 fewer than in 2011, according to crash data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation." In Montgomery County, 44 people died in crashes last year. There were 8,397 crashes reported in Montgomery County during 2012, according …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Year-old texting-while-driving ban nets Pa. over 1,300 tickets.
It's only been a year, but 111 people in Montgomery County have already felt the burn. On March 8, 2012, the new Pennsylvania law took effect – no longer could drivers in the Commonwealth text and drive. In the year since, over 1,300 tickets have been issued to drivers in the state, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic. Of those tickets, 40 percent were issued in the Greater Philadelphia area. Where did Montgomery County stack up? Area residents netted their fair share of offenses. In the last 365 days, 111 tickets were issued to Montco drivers for texting while driving. According to Philly.com, AAA spokespersons think the higher local average has most to due with volume. "The high percent of citations issued in Philadelphia and its suburbs …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
North Penn High School juniors were educated Tuesday on the dangers of reckless, negligent and distracted driving, as part of a Montgomery County Health Department community traffic safety program
It was a day when physics and health came together — all to save lives. Isaac Newton's First Law, also known as the Law of Inertia, is known as such: A body in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. Like, for example, when a car collides with a tree or another vehicle. The driver and his or her passengers will continue to be projected forward, unless stopped by a seatbelt. Without a seatbelt, the bodies remain in motion — and through the windshield. The horrors and realities of reckless, careless and negligent driving were made evident Tuesday during health classes at North Penn High School, courtesy of the North Penn Safe Schools Committee, Montgomery County Health Department, Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A new PennDOT database helps police, fire, and EMS workers reach your loved ones when you can't.
Thursday, January 31
A new PennDOT website allows Pa. drivers to provide emergency contact information for a family member or friend in the event that they are incapacitated or unable to communicate with emergency responders. To log in to the site, drivers need to enter their Pa. driver license number, their date of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Once entered by the driver license holder, the information resides in an online database that is only accessible to law enforcement and other emergency personnel. In the event of a crash or other emergency, those personnel can retrieve the emergency contact information for a person designated by the driver's license holder.
Monday, December 3, 2012
After decades of planning and construction, the Route 202 Parkway opened Monday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A collective sigh of relief seemed to emanate from the public officials gathered at the 202 Parkway's ribbon-cutting ceremony on the George Niblock Bridge in Warrington. After decades of planning, shelving of the plans, debates over new plans, funding issues and, finally, construction, the feeling of accomplishment running through the crowd has been a long time coming. Representatives from local, county and state offices gave remarks that held common themes of gratitude at the cooperation among the different parties involved in the planning and execution, and optimism that the new road will bring much-needed relief to traffic congestion between the two sections of Bucks and Montgomery counties. "This road is a model of what can happen when…
PennDOT expects the new 8.4-mile roadway to open before evening rush hour
After years of construction, the Route 202 Parkway, spanning from Route 63/Welsh Road to Route 611 in Bucks County, will open today between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. According to PennDOT's Gene Blaum, there will be a staged opening with PennDOT trucks serving as pace cars. These pace cars will proceed south from Route 611 and north from Route 63. An opening event begins at 2 p.m. on the Parkway, north of County Line Road. The new $200-million, 8.4-mile-long Parkway will give motorists a direct route for travel along Route 202 between Route 63 (Welsh Road) and Route 611 in Montgomery, Warrington and Doylestown townships. The speed limit on the parkway will be 40 mph. “We are eager to finish the remaining work along the nearly nine-mile-long …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
PennDOT warns traffic will get heavy on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, beginning at 3 p.m. today through 8 p.m.
1. PennDOT warns traffic will get heavy on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, beginning at 3 p.m. today through 8 p.m., and again on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. All lanes will be available for travel. 2. Mater Dei Catholic School holds its Thanksgiving Liturgy today at 9:15 at St. Stanislaus Church in Lansdale. 3. North Penn School District students are off today for the Thanksgiving holiday. 4. The Wives of Blue are conducting a non-perishable food drive through today at these area police departments, with donations to The Open Line: 5. There are some local events happening on Thanksgiving Eve:
Friday, November 16, 2012
The $200 million Parkway will have a 40mph limit and feature 12-foot-wide shared-use bike and pedestrian pathways
Friday, November 16, 2012
After many years of construction, and numerous traffic restrictions for new guardrails, traffic signalization, sound walls and the like, the $200 million U.S. Route 202 Parkway will open to traffic Monday, Dec. 3. The 8.4-mile Parkway, according to PennDOT, is a direct route from Montgomeryville to Doylestown, beginning at Route 63 near Stump Road and ending at Route 611. “We look forward to opening Pennsylvania’s newest roadway as the Route 202 Parkway will provide additional transportation capacity and enhance travel along this congested corridor in Montgomery and Bucks counties,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said in a statement. The Parkway boasts four 11-foot-wide travel lanes (two in each direction), between Route 63/…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Drivers licenses, safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31 have been extended until Nov. 15
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Information provided by PennDOT: Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today announced that effective today, PennDOT has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. The expiration date for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. These extensions apply for customers statewide. For more information on driver licensing or motor vehicle …