Frequently Asked Questions

Why do criminal have so many rights?

Why was I arrested when I didn't do anything wrong?

Why was name in the newspaper/media even though I asked the police that it not be?

How many arrests does a police officer have to make so he/she can keep his/her job?

Do the police run "speed traps" just to make money?

I just separated from my spouse.  Will the police help me get my furniture?

I was involved in an accident.  The other driver said it didn't have to be reported to the police.  Is that correct?

Can I get my driver's license renewed at the Regional Station?

How many points am I going to get on my license (for a specific violation)?

If you have a question that is not listed above or need further information on a specific topic you may submit your request to  Sgt. J. Chester, jchester@mcrpd.org.

 

1)Why do criminals have so many rights?

Persons that are arrested are afforded those same rights as law abiding persons.  Those rights are guaranteed by both the United States & PA Constitution.  The purpose of these documents is to limit the power of government, including the police, from undue interference in the private affairs of the people.  Without these documents everyone would live in fear that they may be arrested, their homes searched or their possessions seized without cause.  The side effect of these guaranteed rights is the appearance that persons who violate the law are given special treatment.  In truth, those who violate the law, only receive those very same rights enjoyed bylaw abiding citizens.      Back To Top

2) Why was I arrested when I didn't do anything wrong?

Being arrested does not mean you are guilty of a crime.  The job of the police is twofold.  First, to determine, based on the facts known to them, if a crime occurred and if you are the person who committed it, secondly to bring the matter before the courts.  The police do not decide if you are guilty.  Depending upon the severity of the crime and how you decide to proceed, guilt is decided by a District Magistrate, a Judge in the Court of Common Please or a jury.     Back To Top

3) Why was my name in the newspaper/media even though I asked the police that it not be?

The police have no control over what is and is not used by the news media.  As a government agency the records of the Police Department are considered, with some exceptions, open to the public.  Therefore the police can not keep your name from being used by the news media.    Back To Top

4) How many arrests does a police officer have to make so he/she can keep his/her job?

In PA quotas, the number of arrests an officer must make, are illegal.    Back To Top

5) Do the police run "speed traps" just to make money?

No.  MCRPD is a regional police department, all monies collected as fines are returned to the municipality where the arrest occurred and not to the police department.    Back To Top

6) I just separated from my spouse.  Will the police help me get my furniture?

The police can not assist you without an order from the courts.  They can not determine the rightful owner of property that may be considered jointly owned.  In this case, consulting with an attorney before attempting to retrieve jointly owned property is advised.    Back To Top

7) I was involved in an accident.  The other driver said it didn't have to be reported to the police.  Is that correct?

It's quite possible the other driver was correct.  PA law only requires police notification if there were injuries or a vehicle is damaged to the extent that it can not be safely driven.  All other accidents are classified as Non-Reportable.  PA law does require that drivers involved in any accident exchange driver, vehicle and insurance information.  If the accident involves damage to an unattended vehicle the driver present must leave written notification of his/her information.  Remember to protect yourself in such situations.  Always ask to see the other parties information.  If they do not have the information or will not allow you to see it, contact the police prior to leaving the scene.  If the other party attempts to leave, obtain their vehicle license number, a description of the person(s) and the vehicle, contact the police immediately.    Back To Top

8) Can I get my drivers license renewed at the Regional Station?

No. This is a mistake often made because of the Station's proximity to the Drivers Examination Center.  The entrance to the Drivers Center is along Ferguson Valley Road, just west of the Regional Station driveway.   Back To Top

The days and hours of operation for the Drivers Center are:

Drivers Examination                        Thursdays                        8:30 am - 4:15 pm

Photo License Center                      Thursdays & Saturdays       8:30 am - 4:15 pm

9) How many points am I going to get on my license (for a specific violation)?

  OFFENSE PTS
     
1512 Violation of restrictions on driver's license 2
1571 Violation concerning license 3
3102 Failure to obey policeman or authorized person 2
3112(a)(3)(i) or (ii) Failure to stop for a red light

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3114(a)(1) Failure to stop for a flashing red light 3
3302 Failure to yield half of roadway to oncoming vehicle 3
3303 Improper passing 3
3304 Other improper passing 3
3305 Other improper passing 3
3306(a)(1) Other improper passing 4
3306(a)(2) Other improper passing 3
3306(a)(3) Other improper passing 3
3307 Other improper passing 3
3310 Following too closely 3
3321 Failure to yield to driver on the right at intersection 3
3322 Failure to yield to oncoming driver when making left turn 3
3323(b) Failure to stop for a stop sign 3
3323(c) Failure to yield at a yield sign 3
3324 Failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway between intersects 3
3332 Improper turning around 3


 

  OFFENSE PTS
     
3341(a) Failure to obey signal indicating approach of train 2
3341(b) Failure to comply with crossing gate or barrier  (30 day suspension) 4
3342(b) or (e) Failure to stop at railroad crossing 4
3344 Failure to stop when entering from alley, driveway or building 3
3345(a) Failure to stop for school bus with flashing red lights (60 day suspension) 5
3361 Driving too fast for conditions 2
3362 Exceeding maximum speed  
  Over Limit:       6-10 MPH 2
  Over Limit:     11-15 MPH 3
  Over Limit:     16-25 MPH 4
  Over Limit:     26-30 MPH 5
  Over Limit:     31- over        (Departmental Hearing) 5
3365(b) Exceeding special speed limit in school zone 3
3365(c) Exceeding special speed limit for trucks on downgrades 3
3542(a) Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk 2
3549(a) Failure to yield to pedestrian on sidewalk 3
3549(a) Failure to yield to blind pedestrian 3
3702 Improper backing 3
3714 Careless driving 3
3745 Leaving scene of accident involving property damage only 4

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