KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that over 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. The effort aims to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on area roadways as part of a statewide mobilization running through April 23.
The enforcement wave will concentrate on distracted driving, speeding, and work zone awareness. Drivers exhibiting other unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or engaging in other aggressive actions, will also be cited.
Law enforcement will employ traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol strategies to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania's Highway Safety Program and is funded by PennDOT's investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
PennDOT offers tips for encountering aggressive drivers: get out of their way, stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, ignore rude gestures, don't block the passing lane, and do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. Instead, pull over to a safe location and call the police if necessary.
Preliminary 2022 crash data reveals 1,326 aggressive driving crashes in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, resulting in 37 fatalities and 94 suspected serious injuries. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash, such as running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.
The targeted enforcement's goal is to decrease the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on Pennsylvania roadways. Any aggressive driver stopped by the police will receive a ticket.
For more information about aggressive driving and other PennDOT safety initiatives, visit www.PennDOT.pa.gov/safety.
PennDOT's media center provides social-media-sized graphics on topics like seat belts, impaired driving, and distracted driving for organizations, community groups, or others who share safety information with their stakeholders.
Motorists can check conditions on over 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com, which offers traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.