By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation January 26, 2016 BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Blizzard 2016, Innovation, The Blog, Weather Safety Much of the state just experienced historic snowfall that brought, in some cases, a winter’s worth of snow over a couple of days. Thankfully, many Pennsylvanians heeded our warnings to not travel during this hazardous weather. But without being on the road, it can be hard to assess conditions, especially for those who don’t have the option to stay home.On Saturday afternoon, a PennDOT plow was the only vehicle on part of Interstate 81.This winter, we have made available on www.511PA.com the location of more than 700 PennDOT and contracted plow trucks across the state. These trucks cover mostly interstates and expressways, and are part of our Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system pilot. While these 700 trucks don’t represent all of PennDOT’s more than 2,200 trucks statewide, making this information available is a great resource for the public.Check out the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and how NBC 10 in Philadelphia showed their viewers how the plow tracker works.We were very pleased to see media, customers and officials alike sharing this resource online (just search “PennDOT track” on Twitter). And the numbers show that 511PA, which also offers travel alerts, traffic cameras, alerts on speed and vehicle restrictions and more, was used by hundreds of thousands of customers. The website saw 379,000 visits from Friday through Sunday – 173,000 of those came on Saturday, making it the highest number of visits since the site launched in 2009. From Friday through Monday, more than 121,000 of the visits used the “Plow Truck” option.And, as they say, there’s an app for that! While the 511PA app primarily gives hands-free, eyes-free travel updates while you’re traveling, you can also use it before you go to check our traffic map where you can see the plow truck information. We’re still getting numbers for the whole weekend, but on Friday when the storm started, nearly 10,000 people downloaded the iPhone or Android app, bringing the total number of app users to more than 112,000!Through a weekend that relied so heavily on our services, we were glad to have another example of PennDOT’s efforts to support a Government That Works for Pennsylvania drivers. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
I rise to oppose this bill, principally for the reason that this House has defeated such legislation twice in the last two decades, and it is this: it removes a principle at the core of the law written to protect everybody, and particularly the most vulnerable, and that is the blanket prohibition against taking the life of another. That is at the core of our criminal law that protects everybody, particularly the most vulnerable. In removing that prohibition, which has been in our law for as long as this country has existed, this Parliament is taking a huge step.I appeal to our members tonight. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience—I know I have—or know about the experience, of witnessing the suffering, the fear, and the anxiety of a dying person and those around them, and, sometimes, a difficult death. Alongside that personal connection, we have to weigh up, in our role as lawmakers—not just as parents or children or siblings or friends of those who we’ve seen die, but as lawmakers. Our role is not principally to alleviate suffering; our role is to ensure that our society has a set of laws that protect those who most need protection.Did you know that in our law, section 179 of the Crimes Act, it is a crime to incite the suicide of another person, even if they don’t actually commit it—even if they don’t actually commit it? Why is that there? Because we don’t want people encouraging a depressed disabled young person to think that their life isn’t worth anything. As lawmakers, the reason there is a blanket prohibition is because you are not always the best judge of the value of your life, and the price that our community pays for enabling a doctor to take your life, free of criminal scrutiny, is that many other people are more vulnerable. Their lives will become more fearful, and they’ll become more subject to the pressure to make the judgment themselves that their life has less value and therefore they should make the decision. It is a slippery slope. That is why this bill, with its cold, technical, bureaucratic process of death, tries to look like it’s safe.We have to weigh it up, and every Parliament up to now has said that the balance between what is enabled for an individual and the cost of that enablement to the rest of society is too big a risk to take. I put the case that as lawmakers that is the question that we need to weigh up: is the gain in personal autonomy—because the research shows people embark on euthanasia principally for autonomy reasons; they may not be suffering that much—worth the broader cost to our community? I don’t think anyone can, in their heart of hearts, believe that this bill will make life safer for the disabled or that it will make our community more warmly embracing of our ageing population. Who pretends that? It won’t—it won’t.That is why I will oppose it and invite others to. You know, we’re not creating medical procedure here; we’re creating an exemption from the criminal law against killing for a specified group—that is, doctors, who do not want to carry this burden—under some conditions that amount to box-ticking. So I ask the Parliament to consider that very carefully—the removal of the blanket prohibition against taking a life, which should be subject to scrutiny and accountability.
MIAMI, Florida – On Halloween, twice as many kids are hit and killed while walking than on any other day of the year. The sugar rush, yard-to-yard running and sense of community make it easier for a “rules no longer apply” mentality when trick-or-treating.Because of this, each year Federal Express prepares its drivers with tips for safe driving on October 31. As an expert behind the wheel, FedEx has teamed up for 20 years with Safe Kids Worldwide to make sure everyone on the road is as safe as possible on Halloween. The work between FedEx and Safe Kids coincides with the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative, a new journey to positively impact 50 million people around the world by its 50th anniversary in 2023.Below are safety tips from both organizations that encourage safety.FedEx’s Safe Driving Tips:●Pay close attention to stopped or parked vehicles on the road in case they’re dropping off or picking up young children.●Use headlights and hazard lights, turn signals and your horn if necessary to communicate with other drivers and pedestrians.●Watch for children and yield to pedestrians as they might not see you, or maybe distracted.●Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully and wait until you’ve arrived at your destination to use your cellphone.Safe Kids’ Safe Walking Tips:●Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags.●Always walk on sidewalks or paths, and if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.●Cross the street at corners; use traffic signals and crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.●Put electronic devices down and keep heads up as you walk across the street.●Watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and don’t cross between parked cars.●Make sure costumes aren’t too long so kids don’t trip on curbs or stairs. Masks can make visibility tough for kids, so choose face paint instead.●Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.Also note that some states have made it illegal for kids over the age of 12 to go trick-or-treating, while others have banned the wearing of masks. Florida has not adopt any age law, but law enforcement officers are discouraging wearing masks, as teens could be confused with criminals who use Halloween as an opportunity to carry out masked robberies.
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I have nothing but the utmost respect for him, what he has done for this game, our country and the fans,” Ohtani said. “Sure I wish we could have played against him but wasn’t meant to be. I wish nothing but the best for him moving forward.”They still could meet. Suzuki is not retiring, only taking off the rest of this season.Manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough of Suzuki. His 277 hits against the Angels are the most by any player during Scioscia’s tenure.“I was getting a little tired of him running and scoring so many runs against us,” Scioscia said, referring to Suzuki’s prime with the AL West rival Mariners. “We all appreciate his immense talent. He certainly beat up on us his share, but everybody respects him as a player and what he did. He played the game the right way.”Suzuki was the American League MVP and rookie of the year in 2001, the same year that Albert Pujols won the NL rookie of the year. Although the two played in different leagues for most of their careers, they faced off annually in the All-Star Game. ANAHEIM — The matchup of every Japanese fan’s dreams is not going to happen this weekend.A day before the Angels were to open a series in Seattle, and four days before the day that Shohei Ohtani could start against the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki accepted a front-office job with the Mariners for the rest of the season.Although there was some speculation that Suzuki might retire after the weekend, which could have set up the perfect matchup with him against Ohtani in his final game, the Mariners scuttled that possibility by taking Suzuki off the active roster on Thursday.The 23-year-old Ohtani, who grew up idolizing the 44-year-old Suzuki, said in a statement he was disappointed. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Pujols said he remembered Suzuki robbing him of hits with diving catches in the 2003 and 2010 All-Star Games.“I’m just happy and blessed to say I took the field and played against a legend,” Pujols said. “As soon as he retires, he’s going to be a legend and a Hall of Famer.”Garrett Richards said Suzuki played a special part of his big-league career. He was the first hitter Richards ever faced in a major-league spring training game, in 2010.“First batter of the game, he hit a chopper back to me,” Richards said. “It popped out of my glove just to my right. I picked it up and he was already through the bag. Then he stole second, stole third. Then I threw a slider in the dirt that kind of went to the side and he came home and scored.”BACK AT ITRichards, who is starting on Friday night in Seattle, said he’s optimistic he and pitching coach Charlie Nagy solved some issues with his delivery since the nine-run nightmare he endured the last time out, against the New York Yankees.“We watched some video and we spent some time simplifying my delivery and making it easier to repeat,” Richards said. “It’s just a couple minor things here and there. Mostly my rhythm and tempo of my delivery.”Richards said he’s also trying to turn down the effort just a notch, which should help with control. He’s walked 6.2 batters per nine innings so far this year, well above his average of 3.2 coming into the season.Richards said he still feels fine physically. Injuries have limited him to six games each of the past two seasons. This will be his seventh start.ALSOTyler Skaggs will follow Richards in the rotation, pitching on Saturday. That leaves Sunday as TBA. Ohtani is scheduled to have a full bullpen session on Friday. If that goes well, he could pitch on Sunday. …Related Articles Matt Shoemaker (strained forearm) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list on Friday, Scioscia said. …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) said he’s hoping to get on a mound in the next few days. He is expecting to then pitch at least one game in the minor leagues. If all goes perfectly, he could return in about a week. …Keynan Middleton (elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session sometime this weekend, Scioscia said. …Zack Cozart was out of the lineup on Thursday because of back tightness. Scioscia said he will play on Friday. …Infielder Ryan Schimpf was optioned to make room for Jaime Barría, who was promoted to start on Thursday. The move left the Angels with eight relievers and five starters on the roster.UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 3-1, 4.88) at Mariners (Mike Leake, 3-2, 6.48), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield