Police departments in more than 215 municipalities in Pennsylvania, including Newtown and Lower Southampton Townships, are preparing to crack down on aggressive driving. Wave 3 of aggressive driving enforcement begins Monday, Jul. 8 and ends Aug. 25.
Last year’s campaign resulted in 50,707 tickets statewide, including more than 30,000 citations for speeding alone. The enforcement is not for fun; its goal is to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths on Pennsylvania’s roads.
Aggressive driving can be a vague term for some. A press release from the Lower Southampton Township Police Department outlined how to identify when frustration and impatience may be influencing someone’s driving.
“Aggressive driving behaviors may include: speeding, making frequent or unsafe lane changes, illegal passing, failing to signal or yield the right of way, tailgating and disregarding traffic signals and stop signs.”
To combat these behaviors, police are planning to target work zones and roadways known to have aggressive drivers. Along with the Go Orange Week in May, Pennsylvania continues to advocate for the lives of road workers.
People should exercise caution any time driving through a work zone. Authorities outlined several ways motorists can ensure worker safety:
- Drive the posted work zone speed limit.
- Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers.
- Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
- Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don’t tailgate.
- Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
- Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road.
- Always buckle up.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Be patient.
Drivers should also keep standard safe behaviors in mind. These can be as simple as buckling a seat belt, to as vital
Officially, the crack down on aggressive driving is called the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP). It is funded by PennDOT with assistance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.