Results of aggressive driving enforcement in South Central Pennsylvania
Forty-one municipal law enforcement agencies throughout south central Pennsylvania joined the Pennsylvania State Police and over 235 municipal agencies statewide to conduct targeted aggressive-driving enforcement from July 6 through August 28.
Collectively, the 41 local agencies contacted 3,233 vehicles, resulting in 3,085 aggressive driving related citations during the enforcement period. (Over 95% of contacts resulted in a citation.)
Most notable are the 2,093 speeding violations. Speeding remains the most common aggressive driving related behavior observed, and is also a major factor in many motor vehicle crashes. (Nearly 75% of aggressive driving violations were for speeding.)
Seven drivers were arrested for impaired driving; 5 for driving under the influence of alcohol only, 1 for driving under the influence of drugs, and 1 for driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.
During the enforcement wave, officers also cited for violations of Pennsylvania’s seat belt and child passenger safety laws. A total of 104 violations were issued; 78 of those were issued to unbuckled drivers 18 years of age and over.
The enforcement wave focused on speeding, tailgating and running red lights. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, texting and driving, or violating Pennsylvania’s Steer Clear Law were also cited. (The ‘Steer Clear’ law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle.) There were four citations issued to drivers who violated the Steer Clear Law during this mobilization.
The enforcement was 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.