Area Police Departments Pursue Aggressive Drivers
HARRISBURG PA – Police departments in 10 western Montgomery County municipalities, and two others in northern Chester County, have joined with Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to crack down on aggressive drivers during a month-long period that is scheduled to end Aug. 22 (2021; Sunday).
Law enforcers so far have spent dozens of hours, and expect to work many more, to target and act against drivers who run red lights, tailgate other vehicles, put pedestrians at risk, engage in violations that involve heavy trucks, or exhibit other unsafe behaviors.
Among more than 80 police agencies are working in the effort across the five-county Philadelphia region. Police officers from Montgomery County include those from Douglass, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, New Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, and West Pottsgrove townships, and Collegeville, Pottstown, and Royersford boroughs. Joining from Chester county are police from East Coventry, and North Coventry townships.
Officers will rely on traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol strategies to identify and cite aggressive drivers, PennDOT said July 28 (Wednesday).
In a similar campaign conducted during 2020, state statistics show participating agencies wrote 43,349 citations, including 22,353 for speeding, 1,003 for occupant protection violations, 3,077 for red light violations, and 126 impaired driving arrests.
The statewide effort is part of the department’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. It is paid for in part with federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Municipalities are compensated for their departments’ manpower and expenses in what are often referred to as these “special details.”