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1606 Sullivan Trail / Easton, Pa 18040 / 610-252-0785
founded 1754

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Forks Township Internet Purchase Exchange Location

Looking for a safe place to meet after you've sold or bought something online?
With the increasing popularity of transactions being made through online sites, such as Craigslist or online yard sales, the Forks Township Police would like to assist citizens by providing a safe meeting place. The public is welcome to use the Township parking lot to the rear of the police station as a place to meet and handle their transactions. Simply come to our parking lot, conduct your transaction, and leave. There are designated parking areas marked with signs.

There are cameras that point into the parking lot, which is well lit at night. By suggesting to the buyer or seller to meet them at the police station parking lot, it is likely to weed out any potential threats.

If you do choose to meet somewhere other than the police station, be sure to bring someone with you, and also be sure that you tell friends or family members where you'll be and when you'll be there. Please remember that no bargain is worth your safety.

New Fireworks Law
Section 2404. Use of consumer fireworks.
(a) Conditions.-A person who is at least 18 years of age and meets the requirements of this article may purchase, possess and use consumer fireworks.
(b) Prohibitions.-A person may not intentionally ignite or discharge:

  1. Consumer fireworks on public or private property without the express permission of the owner.
  2. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices within, or throw consumer fireworks or sparkling devices from, a motor vehicle or building.
  3. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices into or at a motor vehicle or buildings or at another person
  4. Consumer fireworks or sparkling devices while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or another drug.
  5. Consumer fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure**.

** "Occupied structure" A structure, vehicle or place adapted for overnight accommodation of persons or for conducting business whether or not a person is actually present.

Section 2414. Penalties.
The following shall apply:

  1. A person using consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this article commits a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00
  2. A person selling consumer fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a misdemeanor of the second degree.
  3. A person selling display fireworks in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.
  4. A person selling federally illegal explosives such as devices as described in 49 CFR 173.54 (relating to forbidden explosives) or those devices that have not been tested, approved and labeled by the United States Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, those devices commonly referred to as "M-80", "M-100", "blockbuster", "cherry bomb" or "quarter or half stick" explosive devices, in violation of the provisions of this act commits a felony of the third degree.

To see the entire revision of the new Pennsylvania Fireworks Law click on the following LINK:

Forks Township Police now have a permanent Drug Collection Unit
The Forks Township Police Department now has a medical return drug collection unit located in the lobby of the station. Residents can access the drop off box 24/7.

MedReturn is committed to providing a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals in locations throughout the U.S.A. Please feel free to visit the police department or call at 610-252-0377 for additional information.

Click HERE to view the MedReturn Drug Collection Unit information.

Heroin Related Overdoses
Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in heroin use, not only here in Forks, but throughout the Lehigh valley area. We have recently had four persons die in the township of heroin related overdoses. The National Institute on Drug Abuse page provides a wealth of information regarding heroin, its usage, and dangers that potentially exist to the user.

Click HERE the National Institute on Drug Abuse for more information.

Gregory F. Dorney
Chief of Police
Forks Township Police Department

Law Penalizes Motorists for Ignoring Traffic Control Signs / Devices
Harrisburg - A state law imposing stiff penalties on motorists who ignore "road closed" or other safety warning signs and devices is now in effect, PennDOT said today (09/06/12).

Act 114, signed on July 5th by Governor Tom Corbett, reinforces the critical need for all drivers to obey traffic control signs. The law aims to increase safety for motorists and emergency responders in areas where flooding or other hazardous conditions exist.

"Too often, motorists decide their immediate needs outweigh the safety warning signs and they ignore them, which increases hazards for them and emergency responders," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "This law underscores that we take safety seriously. When motorists are confronted with emergency road closures, we urge them to use common sense and obey the signs that are placed to keep them safe."

Under the law, motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250.

If the violation results in a need for emergency responders to be called, the fine is increased to between $250 and $500. In addition, violators will be held liable for repaying the costs of staging the emergency response.

Click HERE to view PennDOT's website.

Pennsylvania's New Bike Safety Law to Take Effect April 2, 2012
Harrisburg – A law that sets new rules for Pennsylvania motorists to follow when encountering a bicyclist will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 2. The law, designed to improve safety and traffic flow, was signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Feb. 2.

The new law requires motorists to leave a 4-foot "cushion of safety" when passing a bicyclist. To achieve this cushion, drivers may cross a roadway's center line when passing a bicycle on the left, but only when opposing traffic allows.

Drivers attempting to turn left must also yield the right of way to bicycle riders traveling in the opposite direction.

"The differential in speed is the biggest safety challenge with motor vehicles and bicycles sharing our state's roadways," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "I urge all drivers and cyclists to learn the rules of the road to better share our highways and make travel safer for all."

The new law also calls for bicycle riders to use all reasonable efforts to avoid impeding the normal flow of traffic. When there is only one travel lane, bicyclists may use any portion of the lane to avoid hazards on the roadway, including maintaining a safe distance from stopped and parked cars.

The Forks Township Police wish to remind all residents that blocking the Township Bike paths in any manner is strictly prohibited and a violation of Pennsylvania Law for the obstruction of highways and other public passages. Please be courteous of all residents and those using the paths and refrain from blocking the Township bike and walking paths. There are many areas where resident’s driveways cross over the paths. On occasions there have been times when vehicles have been parked blocking the paths.

Obstructing highways and other public passages
A person, who, having no legal privilege to do so, intentionally or recklessly obstructs any highway, railroad track or public utility right-of-way, sidewalk, navigable waters, other public passage, whether alone or with others, commits a summary offense, or, in case he persists after warning by a law officer, a misdemeanor of the third degree. No person shall be deemed guilty of an offense under this subsection solely because of a gathering of persons to hear him speak or otherwise communicate, or solely because of being a member of such a gathering.

A person in a gathering commits a summary offense if he refuses to obey a reasonable official request or order to move:

  • to prevent obstruction of a highway or other public passage; or
  • to maintain public safety by dispersing those gathered in dangerous proximity to a fire or other hazard.
  • An order to move, addressed to a person whose speech or other lawful behavior attracts an obstructing audience, shall not be deemed reasonable if the obstruction can be readily remedied by police control of the size or location of the gathering.

As used in this section the word obstructs means renders impassable without unreasonable inconvenience or hazard.

Intensive Summer Long DUI Enforcement Begins Memorial Day Weekend
The unofficial start of summer kicks off this Memorial Day weekend with a renewed initiative to enforce the Commonwealth's impaired driving laws, the Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association announced today. Both municipal and state police throughout the state will be out in force over the weekend with increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and other under-the-influence related enforcement initiatives to ensure that our highways are safer by removing alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

"As families begin the summer travel season this weekend, we want to keep them safe from impaired drivers," said DUI Association Executive Director C. Stephen Erni. "Unfortunately, we are entering one of the deadliest times of the year on our highways. Approximately one third of fatal impaired driving related crashes occur in the months of May, June, July, August and September."

Last year, 419 Pennsylvanians lost their lives as the result of over impaired driving related crashes. During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend travel period, 144 impaired driving crashes took the lives of 10 people.

One hundred and eight specially trained state and municipal Drug Recognition Expert officers will be working with law enforcement across the Commonwealth to evaluate drivers suspected of being under-the-influence of controlled substances. Since the implementation of the Drug Recognition Expert program in 2004, driving under the influence of controlled substance charges have grown exponentially each year. Last year alone, over 13,907 drugged driving charges were filed against impaired drivers in Pennsylvania. Over 50,000 DUI-related arrests were made in 2011.

"We have zero tolerance for impaired drivers," said Erni. "Every available officer will be out on the roadways in an effort to reach our goal of no traffic related fatalities."

Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association was founded in 1979 to encourage and facilitate the growth of impaired driving safety programs in Pennsylvania. The non-profit organization addresses the DUI problem in all of its many stages - from prevention to enforcement, up to and including, adjudication and rehabilitation.

Click HERE to view Traffic Safety marketing website.
Click HERE to view Pennsylvania DUI Association website.

From the Governor's Highway Safety Association Five Reasons You Shouldn't Speed!
Save lives
Slowing down increases the likelihood of surviving a crash. Researcher Rune Elvik found that a 1% decrease in travel speed reduces injury crashes by about 2%, serious injury crashes by about 3% and fatal crashes by about 4%. Over 12,000 people died in speed-related crashes in 2008. Don't become a statistic.

Save money
Speeding reduces fuel efficiency, causing you to buy gas more often. The Department of Energy estimates that, as a rule of thumb, drivers can assume that each 5 mph they drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.

Save the environment
According to Ford Motor Company, driving a vehicle at 65 mph consumes about 15% more fuel than driving the same vehicle at 55 mph. More fuel consumed means more CO2 released into the atmosphere.

Save yourself a ticket
Highway safety agencies and law enforcement are cracking down on speeders. Obey the sign or pay the fine!

Save your license
A speeding ticket could lead to points on your driving record. Too many points and you could lose your license and your insurance premiums could go up.

Speed limit laws and additional information about the issue are posted online
Click HERE to view Governors Highway Safety Association website.

Operation Safe Stop 2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, the 17th annual Operation Safe Stop will be conducted in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs Oct. 21-25. Operation Safe Stop is a public awareness and enforcement effort to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is both dangerous and illegal.

Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT have combined their efforts to raise public awareness about the potential consequences and reduce the occurrence of illegal school bus passes.

Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.

Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.

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