FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2019
More than 60 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization
King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today joined the Pennsylvania State Police, municipal police departments, the Montgomery County District Attorney and AAA Mid-Atlantic in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County 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.
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.
To learn more about aggressive-driving and other PennDOT safety initiatives visit www.penndot.gov/safety.
Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.
MEDIA CONTACT: Robyn Briggs, 610-205-6799
Editor’s Note: The following police departments in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties will participate in the current aggressive-driving mobilization:
Lower Gwynedd Township
Lower Merion Township
Lower Moreland Township
Lower Pottsgrove Township
Lower Providence Township
New Hanover Township
Upper Dublin Township
Upper Merion Township
Upper Moreland Township
Upper Providence Township
West Norriton Township
Southern Chester County Regional PD
Lower Southhampton Township
Upper Darby Township
Upper Providence Township