PennDOT to aid state, municipal police in aggressive driving enforcement
MONTOURVILLE - PennDOT announced Tuesday that part of its statewide investment of federal funds will help municipal and state police to crack down on aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating and running red lights.
The PennDOT-funded 2013 Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project runs from July 8 to Aug. 15. More than 350 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will participate in this enforcement effort.
Participating police agencies include the Borough of Towanda and the Pennsylvania State Police in Bradford County, the Town of Bloomsburg, South Centre, Hemlock and Montour townships and the state police in Columbia County, the City of Williamsport, Old Lycoming Township and the state police in Lycoming County, the Borough of Danville and Mahoning Township in Montour County, the boroughs of Shamokin and Northumberland, and Coal, Mount Carmel and Point townships and the state police in Northumberland County, the Borough of Shamokin Dam and the state police in Snyder County, and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and state police in Union County.
Motorists are reminded to share the road with all types of traffic, including bicycles, pedestrians and motorcycles. A driver that passes a bicycle traveling in the same direction must drive four feet or more to the left of the bicycle at a safe and prudent speed.
The extra enforcement is funded by part of PennDOT's $2.3 million investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Preliminary PennDOT data show there were 6,725 aggressive driving crashes in 2012 in Pennsylvania. Those crashes resulted in 183 fatalities, up from 168 fatalities in 2011.