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58 Police Departments Across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

07/06/2017

Abington, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) joined state Representative Madeleine Dean, Abington Police, Buckle Up Pa and AAA Mid-Atlantic today in Abington Township, Montgomery County, to highlight a statewide aggressive-driving mobilization that runs from July 6 through August 26.

58 municipalities from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and state police will take part in the wave to target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, or violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law will also be cited.
 
Participating agencies 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.
 
Since the project was launched in 2006, nearly 600 roadways have been targeted with additional enforcement and education.
 
The enforcement is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
According to PennDOT data, there were 1,475 crashes and 20 fatalities in 2016 in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in which aggressive-driving was a factor.
 
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips: 
 
• Get out of their way and don't challenge them;
• Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures; and
• Don't block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic.
 
To learn more about aggressive-driving and other PennDOT safety initiative visit www.penndot.gov/safety.
 
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
 
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6800

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Editor’s Note: The following police departments in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties will participate in the current aggressive-driving mobilization:
 
Bucks County:
Richland Township
Bensalem Township
Lower Southampton Township
Warrington Township
Upper Southampton Township
Yardley Borough
Bristol Township
New Britain Township
Hilltown Township
Northampton Township
Penndel Borough
Chester County:
Downingtown Borough
East Brandywine Township
East Whiteland Township
Easttown Township
Kennett Township
North Coventry Township
Schuylkill Township
Tredyffrin Township
Uwchlan Township
West Brandywine Township
West Chester Borough
West Goshen Township
West Whiteland Township
Westtown-East Goshen Township
Willistown Township
Delaware County:
Aston Township
Haverford Township
Marple Township
Newtown Township
Radnor Township
Ridley Township
Springfield Township
Upper Chichester Township
Upper Darby Township
Upper Providence Township
Montgomery County:
Abington Township
Cheltenham Township
Douglass Township
East Norriton Township
Hatfield Township
Horsham Township
Limerick Township
Lower Gwynedd Township
Lower Merion Township
Lower Moreland Township
Lower Pottsgrove Township
Lower Providence Township
Montgomery Township
New Hanover Township
Plymouth Township
Pottstown Borough
Springfield Township
Towamencin Township
Upper Dublin Township
Upper Merion Township
Upper Moreland Township
Whitemarsh Township