SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove police have joined 63 other law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania in an aggressive-driving enforcement campaign that began Monday (July 8, 2019) and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 25 (Sunday). Its officers are targeting drivers who run red lights, fail to steer clear of stopped police vehicles, or engage in tailgating or speeding.
They also plan to monitor for unsafe behaviors like driving too fast for conditions and following too closely. Heavy truck enforcement is on the agenda too, Police Chief Michael Foltz recently told the township Board of Commissioners.
The goal, according to the state Department of Transportation, is “to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways.” According to its data, there were 1,482 aggressive-driving related crashes and 17 fatalities during 2017 in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks counties, PennDOT added.
Like others that preceded it, the latest campaign is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lower Pottsgrove is slated to receive $1,875 to covers its overtime costs involved in the enforcement.
During June (2019), similar “special assignments” reimbursed by state and federal sources brought another $1,060 into the department.
Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 50,707 aggressive-driving related citations statewide, including 30,197 for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,657 citations. Additionally, the enforcement accounted for 68 felony arrests, 142 fugitives apprehended, 200 impaired driving arrests, and 1,259 occupant protection citations.
In a different but traffic-related matter, Foltz also reported a majority (31) of 72 traffic citations issued during June by department officers were received by drivers on U.S. Route 422. Other citations were issued to those on North Charlotte Street (18), Buchert Road (12) and East High Street (11).
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