July 4, 2020

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In 1999, then Governor Whitman signed into law P.L. 1999, Chapter 182, (N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.9). Also known as the “Snow Removal Law,” it requires owners and operators of parking lots to remove snow, ice and other obstructions from accessibility parking spaces, access aisles, ramps and other improvements designed to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities. The owners and operators must remove the snow and ice within 48 hours of occurrence or be fined $200.00 to $500.00.

The owner in actual possession or tenants occupying premises and lands abutting or bordering upon sidewalks along the public streets, avenues and highways of the Borough shall remove or caused to be removed from the sidewalk in front of or bordering on their lands all snow and ice for a width of at least two feet along the sidewalks and shall cause all snow and ice to be removed from such sidewalks for openings from such paths to the public street within 12 hours of daylight after the same shall have formed or have fallen thereon.

If the owner or tenant of any such premises shall fail to remove said snow and ice as provided in Subsection A above, the removal of such snow and ice may be performed by the Borough. The cost of removal from any sidewalk, gutter or public highway by the municipality shall be certified to the Borough Council by the officer in charge thereof. The Council shall examine such certificate and, if found to be correct, shall cause such cost to be charged against such real estate so abutting upon such sidewalk, gutter or public highway, and the amount so charged shall thereupon become a lien and tax upon such real estate and be added to and be part of the taxes next to be levied and assessed thereon, and enforced and collected with interest by the same officers and in the same manner as other taxes.

There is no overnight parking permitted on any street within the Borough of Franklin from November 15th through April 15th to allow for snow removal. This ordinance will be enforced.

The Unknown Dangers of Allergy Season

– Poison Control Warns Allergy Meds Can Contribute to Drugged Driving –

(Newark, NJ) – Warning. Allergy sufferers must err on the side of caution when driving under the influence of allergy medicines. Many legal (prescription and over-the-counter/OTC) drugs including oral antihistamines make driving unsafe due to side effects like sleepiness, loss of focus/attention, blurred vision and decreased coordination.

Case: A 17-year-old male suffering from seasonal allergies decided to take a non-prescription antihistamine prior to leaving for tennis practice. Approximately thirty minutes afterwards, he began feeling drowsy and dizzy. His parents noticed his altered state and prevented him from driving. His father called the NJ Poison Control Center to find out how long the side effects would last.

NJ Poison Control experts remind consumers that all medicines have side effects associated with them even when they are taken according to the directions. Experts suggest using caution when taking allergy medicines or giving them to children. Many may assume non-prescription (OTC) medicines do not carry risks because they are sold without a prescription. NJ Poison Control experts disagree: they answer daily calls for help involving OTC products (side effects, drug interactions, overdose, etc.). Many non-prescription medicines can produce serious side effects which may cause harm to those taking them.

Before you reach for allergy medicine, either OTC or prescription, we recommend the following tips to prevent problems related to medication use:

Select medications that treat ONLY the symptoms you have. For example, use a decongestant if you are congested, but only use decongestants with cough suppressant if you have a cough as well.
Be mindful that many medicines contain more than one ingredient, and some may even contain alcohol. Many ingredients used in medicine can interact dangerously with alcohol causing side effects like nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, and/or loss of coordination. Keep in mind that these interactions can still occur even if they were not ingested at the same time.
Watch for duplicate active ingredients in products taken at the same time. Many medications contain the same active ingredients, even if they have different names and/or intended purposes. Taking these together, even if each is in the intended dose, can result in serious overdose.
More does not mean better. Don’t take medicines longer or in higher doses than the label recommends. If symptoms persist, it is time to see a doctor.
Be very careful about dosage recommendations especially with children. With liquid medications, it is best to use a measuring spoon or dosing cup. Do not use a kitchen spoon.
Avoid adverse drug interactions. If you are currently taking any prescription or non-prescription medications, ask your pharmacist or health care provider for assistance in choosing non-prescription medications. If unavailable, contact the health professionals at the NJ Poison Control Center anytime day or night for fast, free, medical advice 1-800-222-1222 www.njpies.org

Remember, the message about “drugged driving” is clear…it is dangerous for you, your passengers, and others on the road. Law enforcement considers driving while under the influence of certain prescriptions or OTC medicines the same as driving under the influence of alcohol.

“If you are planning on driving while taking allergy medicine or any other medicine, please discuss this with your physician, your local pharmacist, or our staff here at the NJ Poison Control Center to find out how the medicine may affect you and your driving ability,” says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Our staff is always here to help you prevent exposures/injuries. Remember, safety isn’t an accident, it’s a choice.”

Poison control centers are a great resource for emergencies, information and prevention education. Keep the Poison Help line at your fingertips. Save 1-800-222-1222 as a contact in your phone.

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