Aggressive drivers targets of Pennsylvania police

Updated Jul 15, 2022
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced this week that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on area roadways. The joint effort is part of a statewide mobilization that runs through Aug. 21.

The enforcement wave will focus on heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. PennDOT said motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions, will also be cited. 

Law enforcement will use traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol strategies to identify and cite aggressive drivers. 

In 2021, 1,483 aggressive driving crashes resulted in 27 fatalities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, PennDOT said. Aggressive driving crashes are crashes involving at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.