PennDOT to Aid State, Municipal Police in Aggressive-Driving Enforcement

March 19, 2013

PennDOT today announced 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.

An enforcement wave targeting distracted or drowsy drivers, as well as speeding and work zone violations, will be held from March 18 to April 28. Participating law enforcement agencies will carry out a special enforcement effort in north central Pennsylvania on Friday, March 22.

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.

During this statewide enforcement wave, motorists are reminded to obey the speed limit and to not speed or tailgate in work zones. Police will concentrate efforts on roadways that are known to have a high number of aggressive driving crashes.

The extra enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and 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.

Preliminary PennDOT data show there were 2,673 crashes in 2012 in Pennsylvania involving drowsy drivers, with those crashes resulting in 29 fatalities. There were 19 drowsy driver-related traffic fatalities in 2011.