Route 1 Task Force to Meet Next Week

Summer is over, but there is plenty of activity in our community, with the Sea Witch Festival and Punkin Chunkin just around the corner. Also, several community leaders and residents are continuing work on improving pedestrian safety along the Route 1 corridor.

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the next meeting of the Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force on Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. If you are interested in this topic, I hope you will attend.

Below are some additional community updates that I hope you will find useful. I would also encourage you to follow me on Facebook to get more updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thanks,

Pete

 


Supreme Court Upholds Law on Sheriff Powers

Written with information taken from the Cape Gazette.

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the state Constitution does not give sheriffs in Delaware the power to make arrests. The ruling states that the Sussex County sheriff does not need to make arrests to act as a conservator of the peace.

In the current Delaware Constitution, codified in 1897, the sheriff is considered a conservator of the peace, along with judges and the attorney general. The court ruled that arrest power is not a “core duty” of being a conservator of the peace.

Last year, I introduced and the General Assembly passed House Bill 325, which said sheriffs and deputies do not have arrest powers. The high court found that “Because the common law arrest power of a sheriff was not fundamental, but was merely incidental, to his role as a ‘conservator of the peace’ when the 1776, 1792, 1831 and 1897 Delaware Constitutions were adopted, the arrest power can be modified or even eliminated by statute.”

I hope this is the last chapter in this saga.


Task Force Tours Route 1

 

Recently, DelDOT organized a tour of Route 1 for the Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force. We rode in a bus from the Nassau Bridge south through Dewey, stopping along the way to look at and discuss signage, lighting, sidewalks and crosswalks.

 It was a really productive day, and I look forward to continuing our work making Route 1 safer for the traveling public.