CollectionsMotorists
IN THE NEWS

Motorists

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | By Steve Edgcumbe, Special to The Inquirer
Nearly 200 traffic citations were issued to motorists along Route 3, the West Chester Pike, on Monday as municipal police from West Goshen to Upper Darby beefed up patrols on the 27-mile stretch of highway. The citations were handed out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during a "safety blitz" of the roadway. The blitz was part of an ongoing state Department of Transportation program that aims to boost safety on 55 major highways in the state. "It went very well," Newtown Township Police Chief Stanley Short said yesterday.
NEWS
January 5, 1996 | BY TED LEONARD
I agree with Joanne R. Denworth's assessment of the need to repair the state's highways and bridges (Guest Opinion, "Fix roads, but don't forget mass transit"), but I am concerned that she is also advocating that the state's motorists reach deeper into their pockets to fund mass transit systems most of them will never use. It may surprise many motorists to learn they already pay a great deal for mass transit. Motorists pay 18 cents federal tax at the gas pump, of which only 10 cents is used for highway maintenance.
NEWS
February 17, 1989 | By Ray Rinaldi, Special to The Inquirer
Mary Tate thought she heard a bomb explode. But the loud bang that filled her Oldsmobile Toronado as she drove down Admiral Wilson Boulevard toward the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on Wednesday evening was the sound of her own windshield breaking. Tate's car was one of several vehicles that were bombarded Wednesday evening as vandals dropped debris from the Conrail railroad bridge onto moving vehicles below. "I didn't know what happened," said Tate, of Philadelphia, who estimated that she was driving about 30 m.p.h.
NEWS
May 9, 1986 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia ambushed its own Kelly Drive rush-hour commuters this morning. The heavily-traveled scenic drive was shut down - without warning to motorists - at 6 a.m. The occasion was the Dad Vail Regatta. It's the world's largest intercollegiate rowing competition, according to Jack Seitz, president of the Collegiate Rowing Association. About 75 colleges, 1,000 sculls, 3,000 competitors and up to 25,000 spectators are here for the two-day event, according to a report by 92nd Police District Capt.
NEWS
August 28, 2001
IN RESPONSE to your Aug. 20 editorial ("Red Means Stop"): I want to assure you and your readers that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is committed to maintaining the safest possible state highway system for the millions of people who use it each day in the Greater Philadelphia Region and throughout the commonwealth. PennDOT invested $27 million from 1995 to 1997 to rebuild and improve safety along 13 miles of Roosevelt Boulevard between 9th Street and the Bucks County line.
NEWS
April 12, 2002 | By Joseph J. Stine
The Black Ministers Council of New Jersey is urging motorists stopped by police to refuse any request for a search and demand a legal reason for the examination (news brief, March 14). When I heard about this, I couldn't help thinking about the bad old days 34 years ago when I was a young police sergeant in North Philadelphia. I remember being full of hope and ideals. I knew my squad was going to make a difference for the people living in that crime-infested neighborhood. My assignment just before being promoted had been in the lily-white Northeast part of the city.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
The motorist's best friend - right turn on red - could be an endangered species in Philadelphia. At yesterday's City Council hearing on pedestrian safety, several experts suggested the city abolish legal turns at red lights because motorists frequently ignore people crossing the street. Though statistics show only a minor increase in accidents at turn-on-red intersections, David Bachman, a PennDOT traffic expert, said the turns have created a "pedestrian-unfriendly environment.
NEWS
September 13, 1989 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Philadelphia motorists, the nightmare may continue. Just as they await the scheduled completion of the Schuylkill Expressway reconstruction project later today, plans already are in place to convert West River Drive from a one-way entry or escape route during the morning and evening rush hours to a two-way thoroughfare all the time, beginning Monday. Montgomery Drive, Neill Drive, the Falls Bridge and Calumet Street also will be made two way 24 hours a day. Compounding the difficulties, West River Drive will be closed for repairs from the Sweetbriar cutoff to Eakins Oval for two weeks, beginning Monday, Streets Commissioner Alexander L. Hoskins announced yesterday.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
An air-traffic controller driving to work on Interstate 95 yesterday afternoon teamed up with another motorist to stop a tractor-trailer that had sideswiped a city police cruiser near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, police said. The officer driving the police car, Andrew Martin, assigned to the Accident Investigation Division, received head, face and shoulder injuries in the accident. He was reported in stable condition last night at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. According to police accident investigators, Martin was southbound on the expressway about 2:15 p.m. when the rear wheels of the rig hit the police car, causing it to run out of control and strike a wall on the shoulder of the highway.
NEWS
December 15, 1988 | By Bernice Z. Heron, Special to The Inquirer
If Carl Graham is lucky, a new fan belt will fix his truck. But if his problem is a cracked engine block - a result of the record-low temperatures - then "it's going to cost me," he said Tuesday after mournfully consulting with Frank Green, service manager at Broad Axe Exxon in Whitpain Township. As temperatures in the area fell to the single digits on Sunday night and Monday morning, many motorists were forced to deal with dead car batteries and radiator problems. George E. Dunbar, owner of the Whitpain station, recalled, "It was a mess here.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
Night workers like Mr. Driver's Seat rejoice in the mostly empty highways and quiet streets of the Philadelphia region well after dark. The only downside: Stoplights that don't seem to know you exist, a feeling that bicycle and motorcycle riders probably know any time of day. You see the sign that says, "Stop here on red," with the thick white stripe just in front of it. Maybe you even see the outline of the sensor, so you know you're in the right...
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
You've seen them on the roadway: motorists driving while grooming, eating, reading the newspaper, checking email on a laptop, or turning the music dials. A New Jersey lawmaker wants to crack down on distracted driving under a proposed bill that seeks to stop motorists from multitasking when they get behind the wheel. "We have slowly but surely made our cars into extensions of our living room," Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex) said in an interview Monday. "As a consequence, we have people engaging in conduct that was never intended for a motor vehicle moving at 40 or 50 mph. "I've driven down the turnpike a number of times and seen people reading a newspaper folded on the steering wheel or working on their laptop in the passenger seat," he said.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
The project dates to the late 1990s, but for tens of thousands of motorists who have contended with the shifting lanes, bulky vehicles, construction crews, and sometimes bewildering lane shifts on Route 202, it might have seemed eternal. "People feel like this has been going on forever," said John Ewald, manager of corporate and community relations for the Transportation Management Association of Chester County. "There is that sense of endless construction. " But the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the widening of Route 202, one of the region's busiest and fastest-growing corridors, is coming to an end. PennDot said all six lanes of the expressway on the widened 2.5-mile section in East Whiteland Township would be open by the end of next week.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
It was 3 a.m. on a November Sunday, and the car had just turned left onto Adams Street in Newark, N.J. Al-Sharif Scriven was in the front passenger seat, a .40 caliber handgun under his jacket, with hollow-nose bullets and a large-capacity magazine stowed elsewhere in the car. It was nothing about Scriven or the others in the car, but rather that the car's high beams were on that caught the eye of David Cohen, an Essex County sheriff's officer, who...
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
IF LOSING a child is the worst kind of pain, then I can't imagine the kind of gut-wrenching anguish Channabel Latham-Morris will be in Wednesday as she returns to the city where her beloved son, Jamal Morris, died. The 27-year-old mechanical engineer with the bright smile and promising future was fatally injured April 18 in a hit-and-run accident while cycling in the wee hours near 45th and Market Streets. Morris, a 2011 graduate of Drexel University, was an avid cyclist, which is why Latham-Morris is scheduled to make the trek from Warwick, N.Y., to Philly.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Police arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of throwing 8-inch railroad spikes from an overpass that struck at least three vehicles Friday night in University City. The spikes were tossed from about 40 feet above the 600 block of University Avenue shortly before 8:30 p.m., Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. One spike crashed through the windshield of a Dodge Charger and lodged in the dashboard, Walker said. The driver was treated at the scene for broken glass in his eyes.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
Police said a woman who was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning in Center City was intentionally hit by the driver, who fled the scene. The pedestrian was at 16th and Vine Streets when the vehicle ran into her about 7:50 a.m. She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was expected to require surgery, said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little. Central Detectives was investigating the incident as an assault, Little said. There were several witnesses, she added.
NEWS
April 3, 2016
A 34-year-old man was in stable condition after being shot while sitting inside a car Friday night in the city's West Oak Lane section, police said. The victim was shot once in the left leg shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the area of 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane. He was able to drive himself to Einstein Medical Center. The shooter fled the scene in a gold pickup truck. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
February 18, 2016
THE PHILADELPHIA Police Department has all but quit enforcing traffic laws on Philadelphia streets. That's an exaggeration, but the number of tickets written to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians all took a nosedive in 2015. It was the third straight year of decline for motorists, the second for bicyclists, and the first for pedestrians. Enforcement is as low as a snail's belly. This year, I'm adding tickets written for skateboarding. Two were written in 2013, 14 in 2014, and a lonely one in 2015.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Weeks after a snowstorm trapped hundreds of trucks, buses, and cars on an 11-mile stretch for a day, Pennsylvania Turnpike officials said Wednesday they would start testing removable median barriers that might prevent such bottlenecks in the future. In the first legislative hearing on the debacle, turnpike and state police officials insisted they did their best in responding to the ferocious storm that battered the state and paralyzed roads on Jan. 22 and 23. But they said they had limited options to remove vehicles and drivers buried by snow and hemmed in by the permanent concrete medians that divide the turnpike in a stretch with no exits between Bedford and Somerset.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|