Aggressive drivers beware
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS A totaled Jeep Cherokee placed outside the West Penn Police Department building reminds drivers to drive safe over the holidays. This vehicle rolled over on Clamtown Road a few months ago.
Police agencies in north central Pennsylvania will be on the alert for aggressive drivers over the next few weeks during a coordinated enforcement effort titled Operation Safe Holiday.
PennDOT, the North Central Highway Safety Network Inc. (NCHSN) and area police departments are determined to reduce traffic crash-related fatalities and injuries to the motoring public from aggressive driving behaviors. Motorists, who speed, weave through traffic, run red lights, or who do not stop at stop signs, put other road users at risk for injury or death. Aggressive drivers stopped by area police departments will be ticketed.
Aggressive driving crashes include two or more of the following aggressive behaviors: running stop signs or red traffic lights, passing in no passing zones, making careless lane changes, speeding and tailgating.
Participating aggressive driving enforcement police agencies include Beaver Meadows, Lehighton, Franklin Township, Weatherly, Ashland, Butler Township, West Mahanoy Township, West Penn Township, Rush Township and Pennsylvania State Police in Fern Ridge, Lehighton, Frackville and Schuylkill Haven.
"These efforts are part of PennDOT's Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program wave running now through Jan. 1," said Brian Johnson, chief, West Penn Township Police Department. "The program targets specific roadways with a history of aggressive driving crashes."
For more information go to PennDOT's Just Drive website at www.justdrivepa.org