News For Constituents

From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office

Pennsylvania’s 2014 Vacation Guide

Day trippers, weekend explorers, and vacation seekers will find the 100-page “Pennsylvania, 2014 Vacation Guide” a superb planning tool for summertime fun.

Book hotel rooms, find travel deals, discover new sights, and locate special events listed in your hardcopy of the Guide.  Use the online resources to take advantage of filters to narrow your selection by region, city, or town, type of accommodations and amenities, as well as satisfying activities.

The mobile version of VisitPA is available to smart phone users choosing to stay conveniently connected through social media.  Sign up for E-News to receive monthly updates, exciting events, special deals, and seasonal trip ideas.

Update Your Do Not Call Registration

You thought your phone number was on the Do Not Call Registry but telemarketers are once again calling to sell you something you do not want or to request a donation.

Is the caller a scammer or is your Do Not Call Registration expired?  Telemarketers are prohibited from placing sales calls to any phone number on the PA Do Not Call List and the National Do Not Call List.  Those who wish to report violations should file a complaint with the Bureau of Consumer Protection or call 1-800-441-2555 or 1-888-777-3406.  You may call the National Registry at 1-888-382-1222.

Seat Belt Use Saves Lives and Prevents Traffic Violations

According to Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Transportation, the increased use of seat belts in 2013 contributed to 78 fewer fatalities on Pennsylvania’s roadways than was experienced in 2012.

Seat belt usage is increasing and will be the target of enforcement efforts into summer.  The “Border-to-Border” seat belt initiative is intended to drive seat belt usage over the current 84 percent compliance rate.

Vehicle operators and passengers both over and under 18 years of age are required to observe these life-saving laws.  Those under 18 years of age must buckle up.  Children under age four require proper restraint in an approved child safety seat.  From four to eight years of age, children must be restrained in an appropriate booster safety seat.  Children ages eight to eighteen must wear a seat belt regardless of where they are riding in a vehicle.

Avoiding West Nile Virus

Stagnant pools of water are the main culprit in attracting pesky West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes onto your property, according to the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Environmental Protection.

Execute some precautionary measures to keep your family and friends safe:

  • Devote time to disposing of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, etc,. that naturally collect rainfall.
  • Discard tires which collect water when spring and summer rains occur.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
  • Store plastic wading pools upside down.
  • Stow away wheelbarrows in a dry environment.
  • Tightly secure door and window screens.

Stay safe and on top of the latest West Nile Virus news compiled by PA’s WNV Control Program.

Flood Facts for Drivers 

Remembering three important driving flood facts saves lives, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Office.

Heed these important safety precautions to avoid becoming a flood disaster statistic:

  • Six inches of flood water routinely causes loss of control and stalling of most passenger cars.
  • A foot of flood water permits many vehicles to float.
  • Two feet of flood water can overcome most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-up trucks.

PEMA also offers safety guidelines to observe during severe weather.  From recommendations on organizing an emergency kit to establishing an emergency plan in the event of an extended natural or man-made disaster, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency stands ready to prevent, protect, prepare, respond, and recover from any disaster.

Review Recreational Water Safety Tips

The unofficial start of summer is the perfect time to remind boaters of the importance of life jackets and observing watercraft safety tips, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Nationwide, during 2013, nearly 80 percent of those who died in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device.

Watch the video, then take the Wear It Pennsylvania pledge to keep you and your mates floating safely along PA’s water trails, streams, creeks, rivers and lakes.