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Township, State Go For Aggressiveness, DUIs

SANATOGA PA – Think of this, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz indicated Tuesday (March 15, 2016), as fair warning: beginning next Monday (March 21) and continuing through May 1 (Sunday), his officers will have their sights focused on speeders and other so-called aggressive drivers in and around the U.S. Route 422 construction zones.

The township force is joining more than 230 municipal police agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, in a roughly month-long campaign to target motorists who speed, tailgate, violate work zone safety rules, or who fail to drive right and pass left.

For Lower Pottsgrove, the chief noted, a significant number of those offenders are likely to be found cruising along 422. That’s where his patrols will be evident, Foltz said, but not limited. They’ll also look for aggressiveness offenders on “any adjacent roadways within and around construction areas.”

The concerted enforcement effort is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, and is being paid for by part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation using federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The supplementary payments generally mean Lower Pottsgrove will avoid incurring additional overtime costs related to the patrols.

Separate Enforcement For St. Patrick’s Day

In a separate announcement, PennDOT made it clear drivers will see law enforcement actions on state highways far sooner than April. The department also will pay for state troopers to “conduct impaired driving enforcement operations for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday,” which runs through March 19.

Troopers and other members of the Southeast Pennsylvania DUI Task Forces will operate sobriety checkpoints and also form roving patrols to find those allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Patrols will be comprised of about 70 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, the agency said.

Law enforcers remind drivers that Pennsylvania’s legal alcohol limit is .08 for most drivers, .04 for commercial vehicles, and .02 for school bus operators. Responsible adults need to be aware alcohol content of what they are consuming, PennDOT added.

The operations are part of the Pennsylvania High Visibility Enforcement Program and is funded partly by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s statewide distribution of $4.6 million in federal funds from the administration.

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