Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick Patrolling for Aggressive Drivers

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – State police units and more than 60 police departments in southeastern Pennsylvania, including five in western Montgomery County, will work as a coordinated team through Aug. 23 (2020; Sunday) during a crackdown on aggressive driving to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths on Pennsylvania roadways, the state Department of Transportation said.

Participating in the current campaign are police departments in Pottstown Borough, and Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, New Hanover, and Upper Providence townships.

Its District 6 office in King of Prussia said targeted offenses include red-light running, tailgating, pedestrian safety, and heavy truck violations. Drivers exhibiting other aggressive actions or unsafe behaviors, such as speeding or distracted driving, may also be cited.

During 2019 there were 1,546 aggressive-driving related crashes that resulted in 22 fatalities Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties, state data indicates. To combat those problems, in the same year, PennDOT said participating municipal police agencies made 39,141 aggressive-driving related contacts statewide. They included citing 22,353 drivers for speeding, and 3,077 citations for failure to stop for red lights and stop signs.

The fight against aggressive driving is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, and is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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