Fight ID Theft at My Shredder and Recycling Event this Saturday

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Fight ID Theft at My Shredder and Recycling Event this Saturday
I will host a free Community Shredding and Electronic Recycling Event to give local residents the opportunity to recycle electronic equipment and safely destroy personal paperwork.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will take place this Saturday, April 7, from 9-11 a.m. at my district office located at 515 Stump Road in Montgomery Township.

Identity thieves aggressively search for credit card numbers, bank account information and Social Security numbers as a way to steal your ID. That’s why it’s so important to destroy documents containing this information. My event is a terrific opportunity to protect yourself from identity theft.

There is no limit on the number of electronics individuals can recycle or the amount of paper that can be shredded, but no Freon containing devices or microwaves will be accepted for the electronic recycling event.

The Community Shredding and Electronic Event will be open to individuals only.

Televisions and computer monitors will be recycled for a flat rate of $30.

For more information, call my office at 215-368-5165.

Come to My Fishing Derby

To help young people gain a better appreciation of fishing, I will host another Kids Fishing Derby at Graeme Park, 859 County Line Road in Horsham, on April 14, 9 a.m. to noon.

This is a great opportunity to introduce a young one to the pleasures of fishing. We’ll make it fun by holding a number of contests and awarding prizes. I encourage you to grab your gear and come out.

The event will also feature free refreshments.

Call my office at 215-368-5165 for more information.

Hearing Focuses on Distracted Drivers

In Pennsylvania, 16,050 distracted driving crashes resulted in 69 fatalities during 2016, with the state courts reporting a 52 percent increase in citations for distracted driving last year. That’s why the House Transportation Committee, on which I serve, is continuing to look into the issue with a public hearing this week on two current proposals.

House Bill 1684 would prohibit operating a motor vehicle while making or taking calls on a hand-held mobile phone, except with the use of a hands-free accessory. The bill would further prohibit a driver under age 18 from operating a motor vehicle while using any hand-held mobile phone, including a hands-free accessory.

House Bill 892 would create an additional summary offense for distracted driving if a driver is also found to be driving carelessly. The fine for distracted driving would be $50.

A wide variety of behaviors are considered distracted driving, including using an electronic device, grooming device, food and drink, and printed material. More information about distracted driving is available here.

April is also recognized as National Distracted Driving Month, a good time to put down the phone and other distractions, and practice safer driving.

How do we stop speeding on local roads?
The issue of allowing municipal police to use radar to detect vehicle speeds on local roadways was discussed during a hearing of the House Transportation Committee this week. Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that does not permit our police to use radar. Under current Pennsylvania law, only the state police can use radar to track vehicle speed.

House Bill 2148 would change that by creating a six-year pilot program so accredited municipal and regional police could use radar as a speed timing device. Under the bill, radar would be used only by full-time police officers and only after an approved course of training and refresher course every three years. The legislation includes several provisions to prevent potential abuse and provide for a defense against prosecution if it can be demonstrated that radar use is generating 1 percent or more of the municipality’s total revenue.

According to the state police, speed was cited as a factor in 31,083 crashes in 2016.

Check Out a State Park Near You
Now that spring has arrived, the nicer weather will allow Pennsylvanians more opportunities to explore our state’s 121 beautiful state parks, operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Pennsylvania’s state parks system manages 300,000 acres for popular recreation activities, such as hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting and boating.

Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee; however, fees do apply for some activities.

If you like to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, 56 of our state parks offer dog-friendly campgrounds. Click here to learn more or to find a park nearby.

Visitors can make reservations online here or by calling 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

PA Historical and Museum Commission Approves 16 New Historical Markers
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved 16 new state historical markers.

The new markers, selected from 51 applications, will be added to the nearly 2,300 familiar blue-with-gold-lettering signs along roads and streets throughout the state. Click here for the list of newly approved state historical markers with the name of the marker, location and a brief description.

Nominations for markers can be submitted by an individual or organization and are evaluated by a panel of independent experts from throughout the state and approved by the agency’s commissioners. For more information, including application information, visit
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