Green Tree Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I DO IF I RECEIVED A TRAFFIC OR NON-TRAFFIC CITATION?

AS A VICTIM OF A CRIME, CAN I RECEIVE FINANCIAL COMPENSATION?

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT CRIMINAL ARREST RECORDS?

DOES THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REMOVE WILD ANIMALS?

I'VE SEEN YOUR PORTABLE SPEED SIGNS SHOWING MY SPEED ON A DIGITAL DISPLAY? DO YOU USE THAT TO CATCH SPEEDERS?

WHERE CAN I FIND ANSWERS REGARDING MY PA DRIVER'S LICENSE OR VEHICLE REGISTRATION.

IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO LEAVE MY CHILD IN THE CAR ALONE, EVEN FOR A FEW SECONDS?

WHAT ARE THE LAWS ON KIDS IN CAR SEATS?

WHAT IS THE LAW ON COLORED HEADLIGHTS, SUCH AS THE "EUROPEAN BLUE" STYLE?

CAN I ADD NEON LIGHTS OR SUCH TO MY CAR?

IS WINDOW TINT LEGAL?

 


WHAT DO I DO IF I RECEIVED A TRAFFIC OR NON-TRAFFIC CITATION?

You have 10 days to respond to a citation issued by a police officer. your response must be addressed to Magisterial District Judge Craig Stephens, Scott Township Municipal Building, 301 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106. Follow the instructions on the back of your copy of the citation. Failure to respond within the 10 days allotted can result in a suspension of your driver's license and a warrant being issued for your arrest.

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AS A VICTIM OF A CRIME, CAN I RECEIVE FINANCIAL COMPENSATION?

Under certain circumstances, Pennsylvania crime victims may receive compensation. For more information, visit the Victims' Compensation website: http://www.pccd.state.pa.us/. Our officers are required to give a PCCD packet to all crime victims. If you are a victim and were not given one, please call our main office at 412-921-8624 and one will be mailed to you.

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WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT CRIMINAL ARREST RECORDS?/

The Pennsylvania State Police are the central repository for criminal history information in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police website details the steps for obtaining criminal history information: http://www.psp.state.pa.us/patch/site/default.asp

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DOES THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REMOVE WILD ANIMALS?

Since 1995, all animal control services have been provided to the Borough of Green Tree through a contract with Mt. Lebanon. Animal Control Services are available Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Emergency calls are accepted twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You may contact them through the non-emergency County dispatch number at 412-279-6911.

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I'VE SEEN YOUR PORTABLE SPEED SIGNS SHOWING MY SPEED ON A DIGITAL DISPLAY? DO YOU USE THAT TO CATCH SPEEDERS?

The digital speed signs use rader to find the speed of oncoming cars, but it is not used by the police to catch speeders. Rather, the police like to believe speeders catch themselves. We use it in areas where speed is a complaint to show motorists their speed versus the posted speed limit. Some speed trailers can collect data on speeds, for use in determining areas that need more police attention.

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WHERE CAN I FIND ANSWERS REGARDING MY PA DRIVER'S LICENSE OR VEHICLE REGISTRATION?

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/.

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IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO LEAVE MY CHILD IN THE CAR ALONE, EVEN FOR A FEW SECONDS?

The Vehicle Code says that a child under 6 years shall not be left unattended in a vehicle while the vehicle is out of the operator's sight and in unsafe circumstances. Also, a bit of common sense would say it is not a good idea. We see this mostly at convenience stores, where a parent just runs in for a few quick items. While it may seem like your child is within view, please remember that it only takes a criminal a few seconds to jump in your car and leave, possibly with your child still in the car. Take the extra time and take your children with you. (Title 75 Section 3701.1)

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WHAT ARE THE LAWS ON KIDS IN CAR SEATS?

Again, popular myth says there is some weight factor in when kids can be in various types of car seats. PA's law is relatively simple. For children UNDER four years old, they must be in a "child passenger restraint system". This is a seat with it's own seatbelt system, usually a 5-point harness. Children four years or older but UNDER eight must be in an approved booster seat used in conjunction with the vehicle's seatbelt. All persons under 18 must wear a seatbelt anywhere they are seated in the vehicle. All of these provisions are the responsibility of the driver, not necessarily the parent. The Green Tree Police Department has certified car seat inspectors, and will be happy to ensure your child's seat is properly installed. Please call 412-921-8624 to schedule an appointment.

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WHAT IS THE LAW ON COLORED HEADLIGHTS, SUCH AS THE "EUROPEAN BLUE" STYLES?

Just as in the previous question, only lights in conformance with the PA Motor Vehicle Code tables are allowed. These tables list the color and location of all lights. For headlights, they must be white only. While some of the newer style lights that come on higher end vehicles may seem blue, they are actually a high frequency white. Some of they aftermarket lights for sale are tinted blue, green, or other colors. These are not legal.

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CAN I ADD NEON LIGHTS OR SUCH TO MY CAR?

No. Well, you can add them, but you can't drive with any ornamental lighting on the car that is on. Ornamental is defined as any light that is not on the standards table for vehicle use (brakes, turn signals, etc.). Undercar neon and illuminated valve stem caps/windshield washer ports/license plate covers are some examples of ornamental lights.

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IS WINDOW TINT LEGAL?

This is a tricky question, but generally NO. If your vehicle did not come from the manufacturer with it (such as most SUV's), it generally is not legal to add later. PennDOT's website has a fact sheet that spells out what type and how dark is permitted. All standard vehicle windows come tinted to 70%, which is what a "clear" window actually is. Please note, all sedans, coupes, and convertibles cannot have any tint at all.. Also, a car dealer can sell a car with illegal tint on it, and it can pass inspection with illegal tint on it, but it is illegal to drive with it.. So, if in doubt, have an officer check it out. Click here for more information on a fact sheet from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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