FAQS & TIPS
When do I need to report an accident?
According to the Pennsylvania Vehicle code Title 75 section 3746: the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident shall notify the police by the quickest means available for an accident involving death or injury or the damage to a vehicle is to the extent that it can’t be driven under its own power.
My registration is expired, where can I renew it?
Pennsylvania vehicle registrations can be renewed along with the answers to other Pennsylvania vehicle and or licensing questions online.
Who do I call when the power goes out?
PECO has as dedicated customer phone number for power outages 1-800-841-4141
What do I do with stray animals?
For the Chester County SPCA to respond and retrieve the animal it must be contained, the SPCA can be reached at 610-692-6113.
Where do I go to take care of traffic citations?
Traffic citations must be responded to in 10 days by mail or in person to:
District Court (15-4-02)
231 Boot Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335
Where do I go to pay for parking citations?
Payments for parking citations can be mailed or dropped off at Caln Township.
What are the child passenger safety laws?
Basically, children from birth to age 4 in an approved child passenger retraint system. Children from 4 - 8 yrs old must be in a seatbelt system and appropriate booster seat. For a more detailed explanation see PAVC Section 4581
Where can I get my child safety seat installed by a qualified installer?
The Caln Township Police provides this service free of charge at the police station. Appointments can be made by calling the Police Department.
What To Do When Stopped By A Law Enforcement Officer
There are many different reasons why you might be stopped by the police. Whatever the reason, the officer needs your cooperation:
With this in mind, there are things that you, as a law abiding citizen, can do to help lessen the uneasiness of the experience. Remember: Be courteous and cooperative in any stop by the police. If you are courteous and cooperative, they will respond in kind. PA Vehicle code section 3325 requires that all drivers shall yield the right of way to emergency vehicles. Drivers are to immediately pull over parallel to the nearest edge, stop and remain in a stopped position until the emergency vehicle has passed.
What to do when an officer stops you:
You have the right to politely deny a request by a police officer to search your car; however, if probable cause is present, the officer has the right to search your vehicle without your consent. Understand that each situation is unique and the police officer must alter his or her response to fit the circumstance. Generally, however, a police officer:
If you have a question about procedures or a complaint about your treatment by a police office, contact the department and ask to speak with a supervisor. You may also send a letter of compliment if you feel the officer was particularly helpful in your situation. Compliments or complaints about officer conduct should be made within a reasonable time.