State College, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania State Police and Ferguson Township, Patton Township, Spring Township and State College Police Departments held a media event today highlighting their efforts during the first wave of high visibility aggressive driving enforcement for fiscal year 2020. The wave runs through November 17 and is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PA ADEEP), which is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the goal of reducing the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania.
“Aggressive driving behaviors cost lives every year,” said Karen Michael, PennDOT District Executive. “When a police officer writes a ticket, they’re doing so with the intent that the ticket will change the driver’s behavior and potentially save lives.”
During the mobilization, law enforcement is focused on speeding, tailgating, school bus stopping and Steer Clear law violations. Under Pennsylvania law, Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. They are also required to move at least one lane away from an incident along the side of the road that involves an emergency responder.
The PennDOT Workers’ Memorial, which honors the 89 PennDOT employees killed in the line of duty since 1970, was on display during the event. Robert “Bobby” Gensimore’s name was added to that memorial after being struck and killed by a motorist on Interstate 99 in February 2018. He was setting up flares to warn motorists of a separate crash when he was killed.
“Please be safe and move over for all first responders because they have families to go home to at the end of the day, just like everyone else,” said Melissa Gensimore, widow of the late Robert Gensimore.
Each police department in attendance conducted an enforcement detail immediately following the event. They join more than 200 municipal agencies that are participating in the mobilization statewide.
According to PennDOT data, in 2018 there were 6,670 crashes involving aggressive driving, resulting in 129 fatalities statewide.
For more information, visit www.PennDOT.gov/safety.
MEDIA CONTACT: Timothy Nebgen, 814-765-0598, 814-330-3838
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