If you think you have a tendency to drive aggressively, the State Police, the County, local police departments, and even PennDOT plan to be out looking for you starting on April 28.
On April 28, expect a wave to target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding, work zones safety violations and school bus violations. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, running red lights, and failing to stop at stop signs, will also be cited.
Law enforcement 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 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. Since the project was launched in 2006, nearly 600 roadways have been targeted with additional enforcement and education.
According to PennDOT data, there were 1,482 crashes and 17 fatalities in 2017 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 initiatives visit www.penndot.gov/safety.