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Chester County Celebrating National Bike Month

Did you know that the month of May is National Bike Month? For the first time, West Chester will be celebrating the month due to the efforts of the Chester County Cycling Coalition, along with the support of the BLUER committee.  The volunteers will be implementing the outreach and education campaign in the Borough and on a countywide scale. The mission of the campaign is to bring cyclists and automobile drivers together to safely share the road. Below are some precautions and tips to keep in mind whether you are a motorist or biker. Also, if your interested in getting more involved with Bicycle Month, check out some of the awesome events happening around Chester County by clicking here.

Advice for Bicyclists

  • Obey the law
  • Ride on the right
  • Be predictable
  • Stay visible
  • Watch for pedestrians

Advice for Motorists

  • Stay alert
  • Give some room
  • Take a look
  • Lay off the horn
  • Pay attention


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This just in: West Chester Council Approves Noise Measure

The West Chester borough council approved a measure on Wednesday night that should cut down on noise pollution near West Chester University. The result, 240 signs will soon be posted in “quiet zones” around West Chester University, reminding residents to keep it down between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. or assume the punishment of a fine up to $250.

Before the vote, West Chester mayor Carolyn Comitta told KYW that the fine should discourage “rowdiness” and give nearby residents some needed peace and quiet. “It may be a deterrent because the fine is $250, but people need to be reminded,” the mayor said.


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Texting While Driving Fines Start Thursday!

I just came across an article on msnbc.com which was entitled “Texting & Driving Fines Start Thursday in Pa.” This grabbed my attention and I had to read the article immediately because I was unsure that a law like this was being issued in Pennsylvania. Here is what the article had to say:

Starting Thursday, texting while driving will cost you in Pennsylvania. The “Anti-Texting Law” takes effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The new law allows police to charge anyone caught text messaging while operating a vehicle with a primary offense and a $50 fine. Authorities say that the law will make it clear just how dangerous texting and driving can be. About 14,000 of the Keystone State’s 2010 crashes were attributed to distracted driving. And 68 people died in those wrecks.

“Your most important job when behind the wheel is to focus only on driving,” PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said in a statement. “Most people would never close their eyes for five seconds while driving, but that’s how long you take your eyes of the road, or even longer, every time you send or read a text message.”

Pennsylvania will be the 10th state to enact such a law, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police hope the law helps prevent future accidents associated with texting. “This is a serious problem and we are hoping that we can educate citizens on the dangers of texting while driving and prevent future accidents,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

Police say they hope for voluntary compliance from motorists. But that doesn’t mean everyone will stop texting behind the wheel. “Our troopers will attempt to use observations of the driver while the vehicle is in motion to determine if traffic stops are warranted. An example might be the motorist continues to manipulate the device over an extended distance with no apparent voice communication.” For specifics on the law visit PennDOT’s website.


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Crazy Pennsylvania Laws that still Exists

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I was browsing Yahoo.com this morning when I came across a featured article entitled “Crazy Laws Governing Pennsylvania Residents“. Curiosity got the best of me, I had to click and read more. After reading further what I found was an article that explained five Pennsylvania laws that remain on the books long after their relevance has past/Laws that once had an important purpose, but are now just annoyances. Below is a list of these five laws and a short explanation of each, for more information you can view the full article by clicking here.

  • Removing Trespassing Livestock

If a Pennsylvania resident finds a farm animal on his or her property, the proper individual to inform is the constable. In Pennsylvania, constables are like police officers, except they have statewide authority to deal with both civil and criminal matters. Constables do not get a public salary, but may be paid with public funds based on the work that is done. Though most constables would not have the first idea of how to herd a cow off someone’s property, this law was recently included as part of the consolidation of laws relating to constables in 2009. The next time a PA resident has a cow or sheep take up residence on the lawn, be sure to contact your local constable.

  • Fireworks Can’t be Sold to Pennsylvanians

It is perfectly legal for licensed sellers to sell all different types of consumer fireworks in Pennsylvania. Those who sell the fireworks will need to look closely at the buyer’s identification, however, as Pennsylvania residents are not allowed to purchase the more extreme, or even most, fireworks. Those who are Pennsylvania residents can get a permit to put on a fireworks display, but other than that option, residents are generally limited to sparklers and other novelties. There are no limits as to which types of fireworks can be sold by licensed sellers in the state to non-residents, however.

  • Wine and Liquor Can Only Be Sold in State Stores

Unless you are drinking at a bar or restaurant, if you want to purchase liquor or wine in Pennsylvania, you will need to go to the state store. This arcane little law has become a fact of life for all Pennsylvania residents. Recently, there has been a push to privatize the liquor stores. Though the alcoholic beverages would still not be able to be sold in grocery stores, perhaps there could be a greater variety, selection, or price range at the different stores. Currently, every item is priced the same at each store.

  • 192-Ounce Limit for Beer

Unless you are purchasing beer from a beer distributor, you will be limited to a purchase of 192 ounces of beer or malt beverages in a single transaction in Harrisburg. Now, 192 ounces is not a small amount. In fact, it is the equivalent of 16 12-ounce bottles. It is still a strange law to have, though. Just recently, some specific grocery stores and gas stations have been allowed to sell a select few beer and malt beverages, which would seem to put Pennsylvania a little behind the times.

  • No Sunday Car Purchases

There used to be a number of prohibited activities on Sundays. Though most have been repealed by now, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, residents are still not able to purchase a vehicle from a licensed dealer that day. Though residents can likely buy alcoholic beverages on a Sunday, even with the restrictive alcohol laws of the state, they cannot purchase a vehicle.

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DUI checkpoint set for Wednesday night

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One of the biggest party nights of the year will also have police out in force conducting DUI checkpoints. The Northern Delaware County DUI Taskforce announced it will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Nov. 23, the night before Thanksgiving.The enforcement is part of “Operation Safe Holiday,” which runs statewide from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

The taskforce composed of Haverford, Marple, Newtown, Radnor, Springfield and Upper Darby Police Departments has been in operation since 2009 and has made 64 DUI arrests. Its purpose is to save lives on the roadways and reduce injuries by aggressively enforcing drunken driving laws. For more information on avoiding an arrest and keeping safe this holiday season visit DriveSafePA.org.

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