Police are watching for aggressive drivers
MONTOURSVILLE - According to PennDOT, municipal and state police will be paying special attention to aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating and running red lights through Aug. 15.
The PennDOT-funded 2013 Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project will help more than 350 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in this enforcement effort.
Local participating police agencies include Danville, Mahoning Township, Shamokin, Northumberland, Coal Township and Mount Carmel Township, and the state police in Northumberland and Snyder County.
Motorists are reminded to share the road with all types of traffic, including bicycles, pedestrians and motorcycles. A driver that passes a bicycle traveling in the same direction must drive four feet or more to the left of the bicycle at a safe and prudent speed.
The extra enforcement is funded by part of PennDOT's $2.3 million investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Preliminary PennDOT data show there were 6,725 aggressive driving crashes in 2012 in Pennsylvania. Those crashes resulted in 183 fatalities, up from 168 fatalities in 2011.