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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Less than a year after its creation, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the administration’s initiative to provide motorists with information during long-term road closures, 511PAConnect, has earned several regional and international transportation awards.“Following Winter Storm Jonas, I asked our agencies to develop a tool to better keep drivers informed about the status of accident cleanup and highway reopening and 511PAConnect was the innovative response,” said Governor Wolf. “511PAConnect is the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.”Coordinated among the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), Pennsylvania State Police, and PA Turnpike Commission, the service recently earned four awards:2017 Toll Excellence Award for Technology from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association;2017 Transportation Achievement Award for Operations from the Institute for Transportation Engineers;Outstanding ITS Project for 2017 from the Intelligent Transportation Society of New Jersey; and2017 Project of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.Through 511PAConnect, personnel from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the PA Turnpike identify a potential long-term closure and notify staff at the 24-hour Commonwealth Watch and Warning Center at the PA Emergency Management Agency, who issue an initial location-based alert to motorists in the area of the closure. Law enforcement also uses the alerting system to issue Amber Alerts for missing children.“Governor Wolf tasked us with developing a service that would provide travelers and our agencies alike with valuable information during an incident,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “511PAConnect meets that goal and also aims to reach other motorists before they reach the impacted area so they can potentially avoid the incident altogether.”Motorists who receive the alert have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates. Follow-up notifications are generated by Turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts are automatically unsubscribed and all personal data is scrubbed from the system.“Being caught in any type of extended roadway closure is stressful for travelers who may be unfamiliar with their location as well as concerned how long the closure will last,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “It’s comforting to know that someone is aware of your situation and you are receiving updates and regular safety messages. This can ease some of the stress and help to make stranded motorists feel better connected.”PennDOT and the Turnpike offer a variety of tools to keep travelers informed during all levels of incidents — including the 511PA smartphone app, phone number, online sources and social media platforms — but 511PAConnect was the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.“The 511PAConnect initiative was a collaborative effort that shows how state agencies can work together effectively for improved customer service to motorists,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “We are thrilled that the hard work our teams did is being recognized by other groups.”Since the service was launched, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike used it a combined five times from December 2016 through March 2017. During four incidents, an average of 77 people opted in for follow-up incident messaging over an average of 222 minutes. The system was also activated to inform travelers of a planned exit closure in January.“We are proud to work together with our government partners to create such a useful service to keep motorists aware and safe”, said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “511PAConnect allows motorists to receive instant notifications regarding extended road closures and even Amber Alerts, which could prove invaluable when a child goes missing.” Pennsylvania Recognized for Wolf Administration’s 511PAConnect Systemcenter_img November 17, 2017last_img read more


first_imgNewsRegional Jamaican driver with more than 130 traffic tickets released by: – May 31, 2012 Share Senior Superintendent Radcliffe LewisA bus driver who the police say has accumulated more than 130 outstanding traffic tickets was yesterday cited for three more road violations and released.The surprising discovery, police sources revealed, was made after the male driver, whose name is being withheld, was pulled over during an operation in Ferry, St Catherine.Despite the revelation that he had tickets outstanding, police personnel reportedly issued him three tickets for not wearing his uniform, not operating on his designated route, and driving from a place other than the road, then allowed him to leave the scene.Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, promised to look into the incident, but cautioned against a rush to judgement.Explaining the procedure when a motorist is found to have outstanding tickets, Lewis said enquiries should be made at the Traffic Court and Police Traffic Headquarters to determine if there are any outstanding warrants.Warrant needed for arrest“A warrant must be issued before you take the man into custody. So it is something that you have to make certain about … ,” he said.“Even if the man has over 130 outstanding tickets, you can’t carry him (in). You can go check at the court, but you can’t lock him up inna custody without the warrant,” he explained.Lewis conceded that he did not have all the details of what happened, but said there were indications that the driver had no outstanding warrants.This incident comes a day after police investigators probing Tuesday’s fatal crash in Portmore, St Catherine, revealed that the driver of the ill-fated bus, who they identified as Jermaine Morris, had 85 outstanding traffic tickets valued at $152,600.Morris is scheduled to appear before a judge at the Traffic Court today to settle the tickets.Lewis said Morris was also facing a charge of causing death by dangerous driving arising from the crash which claimed the life of 15-year-old Lennox Lloyd Jr.In addition, he said steps would be taken to have Morris’ driver’s licence revoked.Lennox died after the Toyota Hiace minibus in which he and 30 other students were travelling overturned in a ditch.Eyewitnesses and relatives have claimed that the bus driver was trying to elude police and Transport Authority (TA) personnel who were chasing the vehicle when the accident occurred.Lewis and TA officials have denied the claim, insisting that there was no chase.However, both incidents have raised concerns about the background checks that are conducted for people who operate public-passenger vehicles.Lewis said he was “quite certain” there are more drivers, particularly those operating public-passenger vehicles, with a substantial number of outstanding traffic tickets.“They are so indiscipline that they accumulate more tickets than anybody else in Jamaica,” he asserted.However, the head of the Police Traffic Division said the lack of adequate resources makes it difficult to find and prosecute these drivers.“In Jamaica, you have almost a million drivers, and we would have to go sit down in front of a computer and check each licence,” he explained.Operations manager at the TA, Cecil Thomas, referred The Gleaner to the agency’s Communications Manager Petra-Keane Williams.Williams requested that questions be submitted in writing, but up to news time last night, there was no response.Rasbert Turner and Livern BarrettJamaica Gleaner Share 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


first_img 10 months ago French probe into Paris Nov. 2015 attacks has finished Written By Devarshi mankad Last Updated: 22nd October, 2019 19:13 IST Here’s The Emblem For 2024 Paris Olympics — A Combination Of 3 Symbols Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 has unveiled its new emblem which brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport This will be the first time that the emblem for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games will be the same. In a statement, Coordinator for the Paris Olympic Games Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant said, “I congratulate Paris 2024 on the launch of their new emblem. It perfectly reflects their vision and desire to put people at the heart of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The combination of the gold medal, the Olympic flame and Marianne brings together the values, history and French touch that will make these Olympic Games truly special.”The Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024.READ | Tiger Woods Targets Gold Medal At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020READ | Roger Federer Announces Decision To Play In Tokyo 2020 Olympics A combination of three symbols 10 months ago ‘Not-so-happy’ Lovlina now aims for an Olympic medal after WC bronze 🥇🔥🇫🇷La médaille, la flamme, Marianne.Voici le nouveau visage des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de #Paris2024The medal, the flame, MarianneHere is the new face of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/6VvsItrql6— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) October 21, 2019 I am the new emblem of #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/Oykq6SQnnv— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) October 21, 2019 LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img READ | Tokyo Olympics 2020: India To Have 1st Ever Olympic Hospitality HouseA statement on olympic.org describing the three symbols said, “The flame invites us to dream, to engage and to come up with new ways of staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It reflects the unique energy of the Games, which bring people together and drive solutions forward.  With its feminine traits, the Paris 2024 emblem pays tribute to a woman who is a French national symbol known around the world. She embodies the revolutionary spirit that infuses the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. She encapsulates the desire to bring the competitions out of the stadium and into the heart of the city. A familiar figure who is everywhere in the everyday lives of French people, she is also a reminder that these Games will be Games for everyone, Games that will belong to the people. Her face is also a homage to female athletes and a nod to history, as it was in 1900 at the Olympic Games in Paris that women were first allowed to compete.” The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 has unveiled its new emblem in host city Paris on Monday. READ | We Are Confident Of Qualifying For Olympics: Midfielder Sushila ChanuIt was revealed following an innovative launch ceremony, which saw over 700 runners – led by Olympic and Paralympic medallists including Renaud Lavillenie, Nantenin Keita and Sarah Ourahmoune – run different routes around the centre of Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis, forming the outline of the Paris 2024 emblem. The emblem was then revealed in full on a giant screen at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris at 08.24 pm.  First Published: 22nd October, 2019 19:13 IST 10 months ago Tiger Woods targets gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 WE RECOMMEND According to reports, the emblem embraces the shape and colour of the most beautiful medal of all to express one of the core values of sport — striving for excellence. The new design brings together three iconic symbols connected to sport, the Games and France – the gold medal, the Olympic and Paralympic flames, and Marianne.  10 months ago Boxing coach: Military Games to help in Olympic qualifier preparation COMMENT FOLLOW US 10 months ago Tokyo Olympics 2020: India to have 1st ever Olympic Hospitality Houselast_img read more