PennDOT partners with police to target aggressive driving

From staff reports

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and 232 municipal police agencies are conducting a regional aggressive-driving wave as part of the national mobilization that started Monday and is continuing through Aug. 26.

To promote safety, police departments will target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as red light running, speeding, tailgating and failing to steer clear of emergency vehicles.

The enforcement wave coincides with National Stop on Red Week from Aug. 5 to 11.

In Venango County, the Oil City, Franklin and Sugarcreek Borough police departments are participating.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 27,711 aggressive-driving related citations, including 11,858 for speeding.

Failing to traffic control devices like stop signs and red lights was the second most-common offense, resulting in 1,440 citations.

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.