Sunday, May 5, 2013
PennDOT will be replacing a pipe between Ridge Pike and Swamp Pike.
PennDOT has announced the closure of Neiffer Road in Limerick Township for three days, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crews will be replacing a deteriorating drainage pipe. The work will require that Neiffer Road be closed from Ridge Pike to Swamp Pike. Traffic will be detoured via Swamp Pike, Fruitville Road, Smith Road and Ridge Pike, according to a report in the Pottstown Mercury. Motorists should allow extra time when traveling in the area.
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 …
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.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
PennDOT photo and drivers license centers will be closed Nov. 10 through 12 in observance of Veterans Day.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license restoration fee or vehicle …
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 …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A look at the injunction against the Voter ID Law.
Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday morning, halting certain aspects of the Voter ID Law from impacting the November presidential election. While the decision does not repeal the law that requires citizens to show photo identification to vote, if upheld, the ruling allows registered voters to cast ballots without an ID. To issue an injunction on the law, Simpson was tasked to consider two questions—does the issuance of IDs "comport with liberal access" that the General Assembly required, and will no voter disenfranchisement exist if the law is implemented this fall? Liberal Access? In returning the case to Simpson, the commonwealth's Supreme Court said then-current procedures were "contrary" to liberal access—a …
Friday, September 28, 2012
PennDOT plans $73 million Route 422 improvement project.
Roadwork began earlier this week on the 1.6-mile stretch of Route 422, from about a mile west of the Armand Hammer Boulevard and Route 724 exits. The Sanatoga Post reports that the $73.3 million project, funded 80 percent by federal funds and 20 percent by state funds, includes rebuilding and improving worn pavement and two structurally deficient bridges. The right lanes will be closed overnight from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., between Sanatoga and 724 for shoulder work, through Saturday, Sept. 29. PennDOT assures that two lanes in each direction will remain open during peak travel times. Afterwards, work will continue through October 2018. The project is the first of six over the next eight to 10 years, to rebuild and improve a seven-mile stretch …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Committee of Seventy claims the new county IDs will cause 'chaos' at polls; Montgomery County says poll workers will be trained to recognize Parkhouse-issued IDs.
As the state's controversial Voter ID law began its latest judicial review Tuesday, Montgomery County said it was preparing to train the county's poll workers to recognize and accept a new county-issued form of identification that it expects to begin distributing to registered voters next week. Exploiting an apparent loophole in the wording of the law that allows "care facilities" to distribute valid photo identification, the county plans to issue ID cards to any eligible county resident under the auspices of the Parkhouse nursing care facility in Upper Providence Township. Service locations, documentation requirements, and other specific implementation details of the county's plan are expected later this week, but one area civic group …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Some would-be voters without their birth certificate will no longer need to make two trips to PennDOT offices to obtain photo ID, thanks to a new electronic procedure.
A new procedure expected to be in place at PennDOT Driver's License centers by the end of this week will elliminate a problem in which prospective voters needed to make two trips to the agency in order to secure a form of identification that will be accepted at polling places on Nov. 6. Previously, according to the Committee of Seventy, a non-profit, Philadelphia-based "think tank" group, voters who arrived at those PennDOT offices with a valid Social Security card but without an official copy of their birth certificate needed to wait about 10 days to have their birth records certified by the Department of Health. Only then could they return to a PennDOT office, with the birth records and the rest of the required documentation to get a …