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State, Local Police Cracking Down On Aggressive Driving

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An aggressive driving sign at the press conference on Monday. Credit: Submitted

PennDOT joined with the Pennsylvania State Police, municipal police departments, prosecutors, and AAA Mid-Atlantic in Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County on Monday to kick off a statewide aggressive-driving mobilization that runs through April 28.

State police, along with 64 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties will take part in the wave to target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding, work zones safety violations and school bus violations. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, running red lights, and failing to stop at stop signs, will also be cited.

The following Bucks County police departments are taking part:

  • Bensalem Township
  • Doylestown Township
  • Hilltown Township
  • Middletown Township
  • Northampton Township
  • Newtown Borough
  • Newtown Township
  • Lower Southampton Township
  • Penndel Borough
  • Richland Township
  • Upper Southampton Township
  • Warrington Township
  • Warwick Township

Law enforcement will use traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement and multi-jurisdictional patrol strategies to identify and cite aggressive drivers.

The enforcement is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since the project was launched in 2006, nearly 600 roadways have been targeted with additional enforcement and education.

According to PennDOT data, there were 1,482 crashes and 17 fatalities in 2017 in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties in which aggressive-driving was a factor.

If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them;
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures; and
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic.

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