Here are several of our new highway safety laws:
• The Child Passenger Safety law update, which went into effect last August, states that children are required to be buckled into a rear-facing car seat until they are age 2 or meet the maximum weight or height requirements set by the manufacturer of the seat.
• “Daniel’s Law,” now in effect, increases the penalty for texting while driving resulting in serious bodily injury or death.
• To improve pedestrian safety, a driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across the alley, building entrance, road, or driveway. Failure to do so could lead to a fine and three points on the driver’s license. It is illegal to overtake or pass a vehicle yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
• Under a new law passed by the General Assembly last year, drivers convicted of a first-time offense with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent or higher after this August will be mandated to use ignition interlock for at least a year.
PennDOT is reminding motorists of a recent law requiring all vehicles to be fully clear of ice and snow before taking to the road. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive fine of up to $1,000. PennDOT also offers the following winter driving tips to help ensure safety on the roads this winter.
WRT Snow Removal Plan
The Snow Removal Plan is a general policy to make snow removal more effective and efficient. Each storm will dictate how it is implemented and adjustments will be made.
For winter storms, the municipality is divided into sections with a vehicle assigned to each section. West Rockhill Township’s first priority is to make the roads under municipal jurisdiction safe for the traveling public; the Township maintains 40 miles of roads and Penn DOT maintains 27 miles of state roads. The priority of each vehicle is to open each street in its assigned section. Penn DOT has its own procedures for the state roads.
At the start of the storm, all trucks are sent out to their assigned areas with the instructions to salt hills, intersections and curve areas first, then all other areas. Salt needs the movement of traffic to make it most effective, so if it appears that your street has not yet been done, it may be that there has not yet been enough traffic on it yet. For plowing, the drivers are instructed to make one pass in each direction on each street and they are to make one pass in and one pass out in the cul-de-sacs.
After each of the roads is passable, we will start the procedure of pushing back the snow to the road edge and cleaning out the cul-de-sacs. This operation may not begin until the following day because the employees will be sent home to get some mandatory rest after the long grueling hours spent in the initial plowing effort.
You can help by following the suggestions below:
If at all possible, park off the road in your driveway. In the case of those with steep driveways or multiple vehicles, park at the mouth of the driveway, off the road. The more of the driveway surface that is protected, the less shoveling will have to be done. In cul-de-sacs, which are difficult to plow without vehicles parked in them, park all vehicles off the roadway. It doesn’t help to park at the end of the cul-de-sac along the curb or to double park vehicles in that area. Many cul-de-sacs have storm drains at the end of them and that is the area we try to plow the snow to. If your car is parked in the roadway during the snow removal operations, our drivers will tag it with a “Notice”. It will be at least several hours or even a day before a vehicle will return to finish the road. Your neighbors will appreciate your considerate attention to this request.
Please check the condition and position of your mailbox. It is not permitted to have your mailbox extend over the edge of the road. Accidents do happen and if your mailbox is damaged during the plowing operations, please notify West Rockhill Township as soon as possible.
The Township has four committee volunteer opportunities for residents: looking for a citizen to serve on the Comprehensive Plan Committee, one vacancy on the Planning Commission, a seat on the Joint Recreation Authority (the board that manages the Holiday House Pool jointly with Sellersville Borough), and an opening on the Joint UCC Board (Uniform Construction Code) which meets as needed to review appeals of the building code. Please fill out a Volunteer Application and submit it with a resume for consideration. Thank you!
West Rockhill Township was recently informed that the wells in East Rockhill Township have been found to have slightly elevated levels of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in the water resulting in North Penn taking one of its wells offline. The Pennsylvania DEP has dedicated website to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS. Additional Notices are at the bottom of the page.
DEP will begin sampling private drinking water wells located within 1 mile of the North Penn Authority wells.
Well Testing Company: Certified Water Services in Newtown 215-968-8860 Approx. cost $495, takes one-three months for results for PFOS and PFAS testing
Find useful preparedness information below:
For current weather and updates go to:
Bucks County's Emergency Preparedness Guide:
Pennsylvania State EMA:
http://www.pema.pa.gov/ (click on Alerts)
Personal Preparedness Steps (American Red Cross):
PA Homeland Security Advisory Level:
National Homeland Security Advisory Level:
It is unlawful to “throw, deposit, place, or dump…upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land without the owner’s consent…”
Littering or dumping trash, furniture, electronics, animal carcasses, grass or brush clippings, construction materials, etc. along roadsides is prohibited. Violations are misdemeanors and punishable by fines of up to $1000.00 or 90 days in jail, or both. (Ordinance 167)
Residents are asked to be observant of suspicious vehicles and activity. If you witness roadside dumping, note the vehicle description, license plate number and dumping location and call the Pennridge Regional Police Non-Emergency line: 215-257-5104 immediately.
Many residents are not aware that major roads in West Rockhill are state roads maintained by Penn DOT. The Township does not plow, repair, or set speed limits for Penn DOT roads. Please call the PENNDOT Bucks County Maintenance Office directly for complaints or concerns about state roads at 215-345-6060.
Penn DOT State Roads in West Rockhill Township:
Nor'easter storms can leave significant damage with downed trees, power lines and possibly localized flooding. Reporting outages is important because the more information we get, the better we can assess damage and prioritize repairs. Residents experiencing outages are asked to report them at 1-800-342-5775 (1-800-DIAL PPL) or through the online Outage Center at www.pplelectric.com/outagecenter. When prompted, customers reporting by phone should press 1 for "Power Problem." The Outage Center also is available on smart phones or other mobile devices.
Staying safe is paramount in severe weather. PPL Electric Utilities advises the public to:
Other steps to take in an outage also are available at the utility's online Outage Center.
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While West Rockhill Township maintains the ditches along township roads, residents are responsible for installation and routine maintenance of their own driveway pipes (Resolution No. 98-07). The Township’s rural roads are vulnerable to flooding and icing when driveway pipes are clogged, crushed, or in need of maintenance, creating hazardous conditions. Chronically flooded or frozen roadways are also subject to rapid deterioration, with taxpayer dollars spent on repairs or costly repaving.Please inspect your driveway pipe seasonally and clear out debris that may be obstructing the flow of storm water through the ditches. If you see any driveway pipe or stormwater issues during a storm event, please take a photo and inform the township of the location with the photo. We will investigate the problem.
Electronic devices can no longer be thrown away with other trash. The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires consumers and businesses to recycle covered devices, such as computers, laptops, computer monitors, televisions and tablets. Please see the Trash & Recycling page of this website for more information. Additional information about the new electronics recycling law, is available here.