PennDOT and its safety partners, the Montgomery County Health Department, Buckle Up PA, Pennsylvania State and municipal police, held a news conference and enforcement event Monday in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, to highlight a statewide aggressive-driving campaign that runs through May 4.
Representatives discussed the enforcement, which will target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating.
The campaign’s complementary education efforts will emphasize that distracted drivers can exhibit aggressive-driving behaviors. More than 330 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will participate in the enforcement and aggressive drivers stopped by police will receive a ticket.
PennDOT data shows there were 6,761 aggressive-driving crashes in Pennsylvania in 2012, an increase from 6,330 in 2011. There were 191 fatalities in crashes involving aggressive driving in 2012, an increase from 168 in 2011.
The aggressive-driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by PennDOT’s statewide investment of $2.3 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Visit www.JustDrivePA.com for more information on Pennsylvania’s traffic safety initiatives.