PennDOT, along with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), have announced the implementation of a statewide pilot program. The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) has been implemented to reduce work zone speeds, change driver behavior, and improve work zone safety for workers and motorists. A minimum 60-day pre-enforcement pilot period will begin next week, with enforcement expected to begin in early 2020. Automated speed enforcement units will be deployed to a number of active work zones during the pre-enforcement period.
Municipalities would have a new tool to transform blighted properties into thriving parts of the community under a bill approved by the state Senate. According to the bill’s author, Senator Judy Ward (R-30), Senate Bill 352 would allow local taxing authorities to provide a tax exemption for up to 10 years for any improvements and new construction on blighted properties. The bill focuses on mixed-use redevelopment including both residential and non-residential uses. Projects would only be eligible for the tax abatement if all zoning ordinances are observed, all code violations are cleared, and the value of the property increases by at least 25-percent. Senate Bill 352 is supported by the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. Fall back one hour as Eastern Standard Time begins at 2:00 am Sunday. Set clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising Commonwealth motorists to slow down and stay alert. With deer becoming increasingly active, and the change to standard time this weekend, there will be more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most. Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Yearling bucks disperse and travel, sometimes several dozen miles, to find new ranges. Meanwhile, adult bucks cruise their home ranges in search of does. When daylight saving time ends November 3rd, there will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.