PennDOT 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 eastern Pennsylvania on Friday, March 22.
Participating police agencies include in Lackawanna County: Archbald Borough, Blakely Borough, Clark Summit, Roaring Brook Twp., Scranton City, South Abington Township., and the PA State Police. In Luzerne County: Dallas Twp., Fairview Twp., Forty-Forty, Hazleton, Kingston
Twp., Laflin Borough, Plains Twp., Wilkes-Barre City, Wilkes-Barre Twp., and the PA State Police. In Pike County: Eastern Pike Regional and the PA State Police. In Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties the PA State Police.
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.