The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 21, 2013

Police watching for aggressive, careless or drowsy drivers

SUNBURY — Aggressive and drowsy drivers in the Valley, beware.

Thanks to $2.3 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is partnering with local law enforcement in launching a wave of targeted enforcement throughout the state, including in all four counties in the Valley.

The enforcement lasts through April 28, and on Friday, there will be a “special enforcement effort,” according to PennDOT.

“There most definitely will be more patrols out there,” said David Thompson, traffic safety press officer for PennDOT’s Region 3. “Friday was chosen as the day for coordinated enforcement to increase police visibility throughout the state and to draw attention to aggressive driving. Increased enforcement is the best way to get motorists to slow down and obey traffic laws.”

The NHTSA grant will cover the cost of increased enforcement and patrols, Thompson said.

Participating local law enforcement agencies include: Danville and Mahoning Township in Montour County; the boroughs of Shamokin and Northumberland and Coal, Mount Carmel and Point townships in Northumberland County; Shamokin Dam in Snyder County; and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police in Union County.

The state police agencies in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties are also participating.

Aggressive and drowsy driving are some of the most common reasons for accidents on the road, Thompson said.

“Police departments are targeting aggressive driving because aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, passing in no passing zones, making inappropriate turns and running stop signs and red lights cause a significant number of vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania and the nation,” he said.

“Aggressive drivers endanger themselves, other motorists, their passengers and pedestrians.”

Drowsy drivers are more likely to exhibit these behaviors, Thompson said.

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