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February 2016 Archives

New Pennsylvania Law Expands Expungement of Criminal Records

On February 16, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 166 into law. The law provides a way for individuals CONVICTED of certain ungraded misdemeanors (like driving under the influence and drug possession), and third and second degree misdemeanors, to have their records sealed. This is a major and significant expansion of a person's rights to be free from stigma of a criminal conviction.

Innovative technology could mean fewer rear-end collisions

Pennsylvania drivers may be interested in a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which based its findings on U.S. crash data from law enforcement officials. The study showed how vehicles equipped with front crash prevention features such as automatic braking and forward collision warning were less likely to have a rear-end collision and injuries.

Traffic fatalities increase in 2015

A report on traffic fatalities from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration contains good and bad news for Pennsylvania motorists. The bad news is that traffic fatalities are up; the good news is that Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates of increase in the nation.

Software now deemed to be the "driver" of autonomous cars

There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the development of autonomous vehicles for use in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Some of the most serious concerns relate to the safety of self-driven cars, an issue overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the agency responsible for developing guidelines related to the nation's roads and vehicles. The companies working on development of driverless vehicles recently received good news as Google was notified of the NHTSA's decision to allow the software underlying such vehicles to be classified as a driver.

11 taken into custody for not paying child support

Eleven individuals were taken into custody for failing to pay a total of $126,218.63 in child support during a Feb. 3 sweep in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One man from Ambler owed $21,521.33 for one child while another man in Glenside owed $39,615.39 in back support for another child. Overall, the 11 parents who were taken into custody owed support for 16 children.

Domestic abuse and the Track Palin case

Pennsylvanians have likely heard of Track Palin, the son of John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Track Palin was arrested in January on charges of domestic violence and other misdemeanors, as reported by police in Wasilla, Alaska. The police investigation determined that Palin had assaulted his girlfriend, interfered with her ability to report the act of domestic violence and was in possession of a firearm while he was intoxicated.

Pennsylvania drivers and Volvo's new safety technology

Pennsylvania motorists should be aware of Volvo's claim that it will make 'death-proof" vehicles by 2020. The Swedish automaker has promised that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its vehicles by that deadline. The growing adoption of autonomous technologies across the automotive industry includes Volvo as well as Google, Ford and Tesla. Volvo is still in the early stages of developing driverless vehicles that replace human drivers with computer control systems.