SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Keep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel Season SHARE TWEET Holidays, PSA, Public Safety, The Blog The holiday travel season is here, and thousands of people across Pennsylvania are preparing to pack up the car and hit the road to visit family and friends.As you travel to enjoy time with loved ones, plan a safe ride after a night of holiday festivities, make your family’s safety your top priority, and keep in mind the men and women who work every day – sacrificing time with their own families – to keep the roads safe.Before you go out, plan ahead to get home safely.Please do not put yourself, your family, or first responders at risk by making the decision to drink and drive. According to PennDOT, more than 1,200 crashes statewide during the 2015 holiday season involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 38 fatalities in those crashes.The SaferRide mobile app, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a free tool to facilitate a safe ride home after a night of holiday festivities. Its simple interface allows users to quickly identify their location and call a taxi or friend to pick them up. Other options include private ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, where available. Whichever method you choose, there is no reason to drive impaired.Make your family’s safety your top priority.Remember to wear your seat belt and use appropriate child safety seats every time you drive. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of four must ride in an approved child safety seat and:Children younger than two years old must be secured in a rear-facing car seat.Children from age four to age eight must use an appropriate booster seat.Children from age eight to 18 must wear a seat belt when riding anywhere in a vehicle.All drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years old and older are required to buckle up.If you have questions about installing a car seat, or just want a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to check your work, your local Pennsylvania State Police barracks can help. Visit our website for a list of child seat workshops or to schedule a one-on-one appointment.Keep in mind the men and women who keep our roads safe.Unfortunately, traffic accidents will happen. When they do, we rely on several skilled and dedicated emergency responders – including police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, road crews, and tow truck drivers – to help those involved in the crash and keep traffic moving for other travelers.Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law requires us to move over or slow down when we see emergency personnel on the side of the road. Please do your part to make sure these men and women are safe on the job and return home at the end of their shifts to enjoy the holidays with their families.On behalf of everyone at the Pennsylvania State Police, I wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday season. November 23, 2016
Price will be tabbed as the 61st manager in Reds history on Tuesday, according to reports.The Cincinnati Reds have selected a new manager. Pitching Coach Bryan Price will be named as the manager at a press conference on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.Price, 51, has served as the Red’s pitching coach since 2010. He led the pitching staff to the fourth-best ERA in the Major Leagues this previous season and the most strikeouts in the National League.He has agreed to a 3-year contract through the 2016 season to become the 61st field manager in club history and the 51st since 1900.Prior to joining the Reds, Price spent ten years as a pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.This will be his first managerial job in the big leagues although he had reportedly been a candidate for the position with other teams in the past.Price will succeed Dusty Baker, who was axed three days after the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Playmaker Samir Nasri, who opened the scoring in the final game, paid tribute to the influence of manager Manuel Pellegrini. Pellegrini has impressed in his first season in English football after taking over from the sacked Roberto Mancini last summer. Asked what the main differences were from last year’s team, when City finished runners-up in the league and FA Cup, Nasri said: “Do you want me to be honest? The atmosphere, the manager and the confidence. That is the difference between last year and this year.” Elaborating on what Pellegrini had brought to the club, Nasri said: “He trusts the players. The philosophy we played all season is just about all the quality we have in this team, that is the big difference.” Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was named in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup earlier in the day, also spoke to the crowd. Hart was asked about the spell last autumn when he was dropped from the side after a period of bad form. The 27-year-old said: “It has been a good season, a tough season, but one I have enjoyed. “It was difficult for me personally but the beauty of this team is that we have got people who can fill in at any time. “Costel (Pantilimon) was absolutely fantastic when he played, I got taken out of the team. “He’s been brilliant, a pleasure to work with, the same as Richard Wright, and Xabi (Mancisidor) has come in and been a great coach. “As a goalkeeping unit we are really blessed at this club and I am proud to be part of it.” The bus tour set off down Peter Street and Deansgate before heading for Exchange Square, where a large crowd had also gathered. Weather for the event was good with blue sky and sunshine. After completing the celebrations, the team were due to fly out to Abu Dhabi, homeland of club owner Sheikh Mansour, for a short post-season tour. Kompany, who scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over the Hammers, said: “This is a team that is growing and we have done it in style. “Everyone keeps saying, ‘They have won the league and they have done it in style’. “That is what I like about it. That is what I want us to do again in future, keep winning in style.” Asked by the event compere if more trophies would follow, the influential defender added: “Has to be more, always more.” City’s title hopes took a knock last month as they lost at rivals Liverpool and were then held to a draw by Sunderland. Their fate fell out of their own hands but they seized on a slip-up by Liverpool to finish strongly and supplant their rivals Manchester United as champions for the second time in three seasons. Kompany said: “We never gave up, we always believe. “Together we did it, we knew we could, and until the end we fought and we brought the Premier League back to the city, and in the colours it should always be.” Thousands of supporters filled Manchester’s Albert Square and then lined surrounding streets as the team began an open-top bus tour from outside the town hall. Fans relived City’s season of glory, which was completed on Sunday as the side beat West Ham to clinch the title, thanks to big-screen replays before players addressed the crowd and then boarded the bus. Press Association Captain Vincent Kompany promised supporters more silverware as Manchester City took to the streets to parade the Barclays Premier League trophy and Capital One Cup.