New DUI Law to Take Effect Aug. 25
8/4/2017
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New DUI Law to Take Effect Aug. 25
 
A new law set to go into effect Aug. 25 will change the way first-time DUI offenders are punished in Pennsylvania. The new law will require most first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol level higher than 0.10 percent to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle.

Under the new law, most first-time offenders would be eligible to drive with the ignition interlock immediately. Otherwise, they would have to have their driver’s license suspended for a year before installing the interlock device for 12 months.

Those who are eligible can petition PennDOT for a new Ignition Interlock Limited License, allowing them to install the device for one year and continue to drive. The law will also apply to drivers who refuse to submit to chemical testing. They will be eligible for early interlock after six months.

Act 24 of 2013 lowered Pennsylvania’s legal limit of alcohol from 0.10 percent to 0.08 percent. There are currently three levels of DUI – general impairment, 0.08 percent to 0.099 percent BAC; high BAC, 0.10 percent to 0.159 percent BAC; and highest BAC, 0.16 percent and higher. For more information on current DUI laws, click here.

According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, nearly 2 million drunk-driving attempts have been stopped with ignition interlock devices, including more than 78,000 instances in Pennsylvania between 2003 and 2015.
 

Senior Expo
Friday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder, 1 Orchard St., Pine Grove                                   
Along with many vendors, this year’s expo will feature a seminar by the Office of Attorney General about the top 10 scams. The Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office will also have a prescription drug drop-off box available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
 

White House Internship Applications Available
The White House Internship Program website and application are now available here. This program is highly competitive, and applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates his or her qualifications, character and commitment to public service. Those who want to apply to be part of the program’s spring 2018 class, which will run from Jan. 10-April 27, 2018, should visit the website above for more details and requirements. This is an unpaid internship. The application deadline is Sept. 8, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
 

New Immunization Requirements for PA Schools This Fall
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year. The new rules require parents to get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements.

If a student is in the middle of an immunization series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school. For more information, contact your health care provider, visit health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
 

Attention Medicare Recipients
 
From April 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019, Medicare will mail out new Medicare cards that no longer have Social Security numbers on them. The new card identification number will be a random mix of numbers and letters as a way to protect a cardholder’s identity.

Some things to remember:
• A cardholder’s benefits will stay the same, with no changes to coverage. The only difference is the cardholder’s ID number.
• A cardholder doesn’t have to take any action and does not need to confirm personal information. The card will automatically come in the mail and is ready to use right away.
• The new card does not cost anything, and fees do not apply.

Medicare representatives don’t call you or come to your house. Hang up on anyone who calls you and says there is a fee for the card or that they need to confirm your identity. For more information, call the PA-Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-356-3606. Help is free and confidential.
 
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