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Local Departments Join Aggressive Driver Hunt

Drive aggressively? Police pledge to find you

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – In the wake of last week’s alleged road rage killing of a Philadelphia area teenager, the Thursday (July 6, 2017) launch of a state-wide police effort to target aggressive drivers took on renewed urgency. Thirty-seven Montgomery and Chester county police departments, six of them within The Post’s readership area, have joined the road safety campaign that continues through Aug. 26.

A portion of Pennsylvania’s share of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funding will pay for overtime costs of police patrols intended to stop drivers who exhibit aggressive-driving behaviors. That list covers running red lights, speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law, and other offenses.

Local participants include police departments in Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Limerick, Douglass (Montgomery), New Hanover, and North Coventry. They 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, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said.

During Thursday night’s meeting of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners, township Police Chief Michael Foltz said his officers were ready to curb aggressive driving on local highways. The township will receive $2,325 for overtime compensation, Foltz indicated in a report.

Statistics supplied by PennDOT show last year alone there were 1,475 crashes, and 20 fatalities, in which aggressive-driving was a factor in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks counties.

What to do if you encounter an aggressive driver

If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offered these tips:

  • Get out of their way. Don’t challenge them;
  • Stay relaxed. Avoid making eye contact. Ignore rude gestures; and
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 6 meeting):

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