SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove’s Police Department has received $2,000 in what Chief Michael Foltz said Monday (July 7, 2014) was a second wave of state funding to crack down on aggressive drivers: those who are found texting at the wheel, speeding though a highway work zone, or otherwise endangering other drivers, workers or pedestrians.
He put the money to work immediately.
Local enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Aggressive Drivers Enforcement Program resumed Monday and will continue through Aug. 31, the chief told the township Board of Commissioners in his monthly report. The newest payment for safer driving follows initial funding of $1,750 received during April, which was spent over a 6-week period through May.
The money covers overtime costs incurred by Foltz’s officers as they find and ticket violators. Lower Pottsgrove is one of more than 330 municipal police agencies and the State Police who pledged to join a concerted effort to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries and deaths on 435 specific roadways, according to the program’s website.
Texting, work zone safety and speeding are being targeted. Aggressive motorists also include those who exhibit “unsafe driving behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, careless driving, red light-running” and other bad highway habits, the website noted.
During June, Foltz reported using the department’s latest statistics, township police issued 130 traffic violations and responded to 22 motor vehicle accidents. They arrested seven individuals for driving under the influence. Of the violations issued, 43 were for infractions in the U.S. Route 422 construction zone on both east and west lanes between Sanatoga and Route 724.
One June accident involved a 2012 Dodge Charger patrol car used by the department, Foltz noted. The vehicle was “struck nearly head-on,” the chief said; a State Police investigation determined the other driver to be at fault. “Fortunately, everybody was OK,” according to Foltz, including the patrol officer, Matthew Meitzler. The car, however, was deemed “totaled” and unrepairable. The department is working with its insurers to buy a replacement.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 7 meeting):
- Local Police Win More Funds Against Aggressive Drivers
- In 51 Years, Sanatogan Did It All At Firestone Store
- Part-Timers Unlikely As Township Police Force Grows
- We’ve Got Company: Reading Paper Covers Township
- Lower Pottsgrove Commissioners Scheduled Tonight
- Reading police join statewide effort targeting aggressive driving (Reading Eagle, July 10)
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