Police: Curb aggressive driving or risk ticket

Law-enforcement officials want area drivers to park their aggression before getting behind the wheel – and to know that failing to do so is more likely right now to generate a traffic ticket.

For the next few weeks, police departments across the state will be targeting aggressive-related behavior such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, careless driving, and red light running. The initiative is part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The goal of the partnership, which includes government as well as community groups, is to use high-visibility target enforcement to raise public awareness so that the number of needless aggressive driving injuries and deaths can be reduced, authorities said.

In addition to the Pennsylvania State Police, 349 local police departments, including Kennett Township, West Chester, Willistown, and Westtown-East Goshen, will be participating in the four-week wave of enforcement, which ends in late November. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket, police said.

Utilizing crash data to identify aggressive driving locations, police will be concentrating on those areas. For example, the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department will target Wilmington Pike in Westtown Township and Thornbury Township and also West Chester Pike in East Goshen Township.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 53,587 aggressive-driving related citations, including 31,150 for speeding alone. Traffic Control Signal Signs was the second most-common offense, resulting in 5,011 citations. Additionally, the enforcement brought about 51 felony arrests, 145 DUI arrests and 179 drug-related arrests, according to PennDOT.



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