Apr. 26, 2019

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Protecting Persons in Hot Cars

As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and adults who are locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed recently by the House, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done when forceful entry is necessary to rescue an individual from a hot vehicle. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind. The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.
Share the Road

With the warmer weather now here, more people will be riding their bicycles. Motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Under the law, motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance. Learn more here.
State Dog Wardens to Canvass Perry and Cumberland Counties in May

State dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in Perry and Cumberland counties during the month of May. This program aims to raise public awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats.

Dog wardens drive vehicles and wear uniforms labeled with “Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Warden” in a keystone symbol with a state seal. They wear a badge and carry state identification.

Wardens will request proof of licensure and proof of rabies vaccination. They will leave written notice for someone who is not home or does not answer the door. Dog wardens will not enter a home or building without the owner’s permission.

Pennsylvania law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Dog licenses are available through county treasurers’ offices.

Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs. Learn more at www.licenseyourdogPA.com.
Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions on Saturday

Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here.
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