PennDOT announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will join Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated crackdown on aggressive driving to help reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths on the region’s roads. as part of a statewide mobilization that runs through August 21. Locally, the police departments of Conshohocken, West Conshohocken, Plymouth and Whitemarsh are participating.
The goal of the targeted app is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths related to aggressive driving on state roads. Any aggressive driver stopped by the police will receive a ticket.
The enforcement wave will focus on HGV offences, pedestrian safety, running at red lights and tailgating. Motorists exhibiting other dangerous behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely or other aggressive actions will also be cited.
Law enforcement will utilize Traffic Enforcement Zones, Saturation Patrols, Speed Enforcement Details, Corridor Enforcement, Work Zone Enforcement and Multi-Patrol Strategies. jurisdictions to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
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.
- Do not block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most vehicles.
- Do not attempt to follow or chase the vehicle. You or a passenger can call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, park in a safe place.
PennDOT shared that in 2021 there were 1,483 aggressive driving crashes resulting in 27 fatalities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes are defined as crashes involving two or more aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless cornering or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.