East Deer Township, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. Karlo conducted an occupant protection click it or ticket checkpoint at Exit 13 off ramp of SR28 Northbound in East Deer Township that resulted in two actors facing charges for drugs and paraphernalia.
The two actors ages 25 and 19 from Pittsburgh had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on their person while they were traveling through the checkpoint. This Act 64 incident occurred at 10:20 am Thursday, charges are pending.
In Springdale Township: Tpr. Kurtis Glasgow PSP Kittanning initiated a traffic stop at the Springdale Township Building parking lot on Wednesday morning at 9:30 am. Upon further investigation it was determined a 33-year-old male operator from Springdale showed signs of impairment and was found to possess suspected marijuana and related paraphernalia. The operator was taken to ACMH where he submitted to a blood draw. Charges pending lab results.
In Harmar Township: State Police Tpr. Daniel Beatty initiated a traffic stop and conducted an on scene investigation at SR 28 Northbound in Harmar Township. Following an investigation, Craig Campbell, age 22, of East Brady and Harry Snyder Jr., age 19 of Petrolia were found to be in possession of illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Charges to be filed.
Kittanning: Tpr Kevin Goss reported an incident consisting of multiple charges after a Scottdale man refused to leave the State Police lobby in Kittanning. Joshua Hiben, age 24 of Scottdale was charged with Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief and Harassment after he refused to leave the lobby while being released to a sober ride.
Hiben became disorderly and resisted being placed back under arrest by State Police. During the course of his resistance, the wall in the lobby area was damaged. Hiben was then charged with the above charges and arraigned before MDJ Decomo and committed to the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $3000 bond. Hiben was being released from a prior DUI arrest when the incident occurred.
PennDOT, state and local police are partnering for nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement that runs through June 7.
To kick off the enforcement, Pennsylvania is one of 16 states and Ontario, Canada, that will participate in a Border-to-Border seat-belt initiative tonight. The enforcement involves more than 500 state and municipal law enforcement agencies across the eastern seaboard, conducting increased enforcement at state borders to emphasize police focus on seat belt usage.
Throughout the Click It or Ticket mobilization, enforcement will focus largely on nighttime operations, using Traffic Enforcement Zones and roving patrols on roadways identified as having higher unbelted crash rates.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still driving unbuckled,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “PennDOT wants to make the roads as safe as possible, especially at night when crash risk increases. We urge the public to join us in this mission to decrease these crashes.”
According to PennDOT data, unrestrained fatalities dropped from 425 in 2013 to 383 in 2014. The statewide number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to 13,627, compared to 14,436 in 2013.
“While the number of unbuckled fatalities has decreased from last year, there was still a significant number of heartbreaking cases reported,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown. “In so many of these instances, the victims may have survived if they had been properly restrained – seat belts are the most effective means of reducing fatalities or serious injury.”
Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle.
Also, drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years-old or older are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.
Funding for this enforcement effort comes from part of PennDOT’s statewide distribution of $1.7 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.