More people hit the roads during the summer months than during any other season, and that’s likely one of the reasons why Lower Saucon Township and other police departments from throughout the Commonwealth will participate in an aggressive driving enforcement campaign from July 8 through Aug. 25.
The Lower Saucon Township Police Department announced the imminent start of its “third wave” enforcement effort coordinated with the Pennsylvania State Police and more than 215 local police departments in a Crimewatch post published Friday.
“As part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, the third wave will aim to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries and deaths on roadways throughout the state,” police said.
“Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a citation,” they added.
This summertime enforcement wave will focus on behaviors such as red light running, violating the state’s ‘Steer Clear’ law, tailgating and the overloading of trucks in violation of weight limits.
Pennsylvania’s ‘Steer Clear’ law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle.
Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as speeding, following too closely or other aggressive actions will also be cited, the news release said.
Last year police who participated in a similar statewide campaign collectively wrote 50,707 aggressive-driving related citations, including 30,197 for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,657 citations.
Additionally, the 2018 aggressive driving enforcement effort resulted in 68 felony arrests, the apprehension of 142 fugitives, 200 impaired driving arrests and 1,259 occupant protection citations being issued.
The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For more information, visit PennDOT.gov/safety.