SANATOGA PA – Only days after the Independence Holiday ends, Lower Pottsgrove police officers, members of the Pennsylvania State Police, and 206 other law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force on Pennsylvania highways to target and stop aggressive driving, township Police Chief Michael Foltz said.
The police department will participate in the second “aggressive driving enforcement wave” of 2017, to be conducted between July 6 (Thursday) and Aug. 27 (Sunday), Foltz reported.
Officers expect to focus on drivers who run red lights, tailgate, use excessive speed, or violate the state’s Steer Clear Law which requires that officers involved in traffic stops be given more room by drivers on the highway. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket, he said.
Officers also will look for other unsafe behaviors, including driving too fast for conditions, and following too closely. Those and other aggressive actions will also be cited.
Municipal police agencies like that of the township, which participated in last year’s enforcement campaigns, collectively wrote 45,136 aggressive-driving related citations. Of those, 28,235 were for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs was the second most-common offense, resulting in 2,807 citations.
Additionally, last year’s enforcement accounted for 37 felony arrests statewide, 61 fugitives apprehended, 132 impaired driving arrests, and 1,655 occupant protection citations.
The efforts against aggressive driving are part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, and are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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