Abington, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) joined state Representative Madeleine Dean, Abington Police, Buckle Up Pa and AAA Mid-Atlantic today in Abington Township, Montgomery County, to highlight a statewide aggressive-driving mobilization that runs from July 6 through August 26.
58 municipalities from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and state police will take part in the wave to target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, or violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law will also be cited.
Participating agencies 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.
Since the project was launched in 2006, nearly 600 roadways have been targeted with additional enforcement and education.
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.
According to PennDOT data, there were 1,475 crashes and 20 fatalities in 2016 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.