A traveling exhibit featuring the names of more than 1,000 victims killed in DUI crashes in Pennsylvania was parked at the entrance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Dec. 1 to help remind drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation joined with the Pennsylvania DUI Association, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, local police and highway safety partners to honor victims of impaired driving crashes by bringing the DUI moving memorial to the Lehigh Valley.
As part of its participation through a grant by Buckle Up PA, Salisbury Police Department patrol officers in November targeted safe driving and the use of seat belts by motor vehicle drivers and passengers.
“As part of the traffic safety details,” Senior Patrol Officer Bryan Losagio, the police department’s traffic safety officer, said, “we found way too many unsafe practices by drivers on our community’s streets and roads and many of those involved are paying a steep price for their offenses.”
Back in the mid-1990s, Salisbury High School science teacher Paul Koba found himself with more turkeys than his family could consume at Thanksgiving dinner, after he was a recipient of extra birds as a winning bowling tournament competitor.
Koba wondered if the extra turkeys might be able to provide practical examples of the simple machine principles he taught in his senior physics classes. Thus was born the idea of the turkey toss tradition which has involved his students for two decades.
As they have done for nearly six decades, firefighters from Eastern Salisbury Fire Department and Western Salisbury Fire Department took their message of fire prevention and fire safety into schools in the township to help township youngsters understand how they can help themselves stay out of harm’s way from the ravages of fire.
Despite temperatures hovering near 90 degrees, some 300 friends and neighbors turned out Sept. 10 at Green Acres Park to enjoy activities at Western Salisbury Fire Department’s annual community appreciation day.
Car enthusiasts continued to show up for late registration and a chance to show off their vehicles even halfway through the five-hour car show held Sept. 11, at Salisbury Middle School.
Car show co-chairs Dan Mohry and Leno Scarcia, who organized the event to benefit Salisbury Youth Association and Salisbury Police Department K-9 programs, said enthusiasm was not unusual. Mohry said the event has been gaining popularity every year in the six years it has been held in the township.
Car show fans will get to see 150 or more classic, hot rod and muscle cars at the sixth annual Salisbury car show to be held at the Salisbury Middle School, along Devonshire Road Sept. 11.
The shows organizer, Dan Mohry, said about 150 cars were featured at last year’s show and he hopes for as many, or more, this year.
“The show has a good reputation among show car owners and we have been growing each year,” Mohry said.
Officers team up against aggressive drivers near border
Officers from the Salisbury Township Police Department teamed up with the Allentown Police Department in a joint speed safety enforcement detail in the area of East Texas Boulevard and Flexer Avenue, near the township’s border with the City of Allentown, Aug. 10, netting 50 drivers who did not observe the speed limit along a corridor known for aggressive drivers.
Salisbury Township Police Department officers participated in DUI driving safety details on and near township roadways recently and found one in every 57 stops involved drug or alcohol impairment by those behind the wheel.
Seventy-six first responder ambulance corps units can add another device to the medical tool bag on their rigs to help increase the odds of survival for heart attack victims on their way to emergency facilities across the region.
Lehigh Valley Health Network is teaming up with the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council to improve the first response care of persons who suffer heart attacks.