Frequently Asked Questions


Again, popular myth says there is some weight factor in when kids can be in various types of car seats.  Pa's law is relatively simple.  For children UNDER four years old, they must be in a "child passenger restraint system".  This is a seat with it's own seatbelt system, usually a 5-point harness.  Children four years or older but UNDER eight must be in an approved booster seat used in conjunction with the vehicle's seatbelt.  All persons under 18 must wear a seatbelt anywhere they are seated in the vehicle.  All of these provisions are the responsibility of the driver, not necessarily the parent.  We have certified car seat inspectors, and will be happy to ensure your child's seat is properly installed.  Please call 652-8265 to schedule an appointment. (Title 75 Section 4581) 

Pennsylvania is the only state that prohibits municipal officers from using radar.  We instead use timing devices that clock a vehicle between two points.  Contrary to some opinions, this is a highly accurate way to find a vehicle's speed, as it gives the average speed over a defined distance.  Radar gives an instantaneous speed.

That is our speed trailer.  It does use rader to find the speed of oncoming cars, but it is not used by the police to catch speeders.  Rather, the police like to believe speeders catch themselves.  We use it in areas where speed is a complaint to show motorists their speed versus the posted speed limit.  Some speed trailers can collect data on speeds, for use in determining areas that need more police attention.

These are areas that have been identified using crime statistics as having a larger concentration of crimes such as thefts, crashes, vandalisms, etc.  He then directs the patrol supervisors to increase patrols there on foot, bike, and vehicle.  In its 5 years in existence, huge drops in crime in red zone areas have been noted.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

You have 10 days to respond to a citation issued by a police officer.  Your response must be addressed to Magisterial District Judge James Lenker office at 2125 Paxton Church Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Follow the instructions on the back of your copy of the citation.  Failure to respond within the 10 days allotted can result in a suspension of your driver's license and a warrant being issued for your arrest.

Unless we deem an animal to be a risk to the community (i.e. rabid, aggressive), we do not remove non-domestic animals.  Injured deer, bear, and such are picked up the PA Game Commission.  Animals such as skunks, groundhogs, and rabbits that are not deemed a risk must be removed by a private pest removal company.  They can be found in the phone book.

Under certain circumstances, Pennsylvania crime victims may receive compensation. For more information, visit the Victims' Compensation website: http://www.pccd.state.pa.us/ .  Our officers are required to give a PCCD packet to all crime victims.  If you are a victim and were not given one, please call our main office at 652-8265 and one will be mailed to you.

The Vehicle Code says that a child under 6 years shall not be left unattended in a vehicle while the vehicle is out of the operator's sight and in unsafe circumstances. Also, a bit of common sense would say it is not a good idea. We see this mostly at convenience stores, where a parent just runs in for a few quick items.  While it may seem like your child is within view, please remember that it only takes a criminal a few seconds to jump in your car and leave, possibly with your child still in the car.  Take the extra time and take your children with you. (Title 75 Section 3701.1) 

No.  Well you can add them, but you can't drive with any ornamental lighting on the car  that is on.  Ornamental is defined as any light that is not on the standards table for vehicle use (brakes, turn signals, etc.).  Undercar neon and illuminated valve stem caps/windshield washer ports/license plate covers are some examples of ornamental lights.  

The Pennsylvania State Police are the central repository for criminal history information in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police website details the steps for obtaining criminal history information:
http://www.psp.state.pa.us/patch/site/default.asp

This is a tricky question, but generally NO.  If your vehicle did not come from the manufacturer with it (such as most SUV's), it generally is not legal to add later.  PennDOT's website has a fact sheet that spells out what type and how dark is permitted.  All standard vehicle windows come tinted to 70%, which is what a "clear" window actually is.  Please note, all sedans, coupes, and convertibles cannot have any tint at all..  Also, a car dealer can sell a car with illegal tint on it, and it can pass inspection with illegal tint on it, but it is illegal to drive with it..  So, if in doubt, have an officer check it out.   

http://www.dot10.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/fs-sun.pdf

Just as in the previous question, only lights in conformance with the PA Motor Vehicle Code tables are allowed.  These tables list the color and location of all lights.  For headlights, they must be white only.  While some of the newer style lights that come on higher end vehicles may seem blue, they are actually a high frequency white.  Some of they aftermarket lights for sale are tinted blue, green, or other colors.  These are not legal.