Police join together to raise awareness of aggressive driving enforcement and education

Date: August 6, 2017

Local police from Centre and Clinton counties and the Pennsylvania State Police held an Aggressive Driving Awareness event on Friday, August 4, at Extreme Custom Cycles in Pleasant Gap. 

Their purpose was to raise awareness for the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP) and the need for public cooperation in helping to reduce crashes and fatalities on our state highways. 

In the past 10 years, the highest number of speed-related crashes statewide — 36,521 — occurred in 2007. While crash numbers are trending upward, speed-related crashes have decreased from 33,093 in 2015 to 30,929 in 2016.  Speed-related fatalities have decreased from 694 in 2007 to 457 in 2016. In 2016, 129,395 reportable traffic crashes occurred in Pennsylvania. 1,188 people lost their lives in Pennsylvania car crashes.

Wave 3 of the PennDOT-funded 2016-2017 PAADEEP runs through August 27, 2017.  206 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will participate in this enforcement effort on roadways statewide. The focus for this “Summer Drive Time” 8-week enforcement wave will be on red light running, the Steer Clear Law, tailgating, and speeding. 

Driver frustration, impatience, and anger cause aggressive driving. These feelings often lead to selfish and bold driver behaviors.

Photo: Second from right is Ferguson Township Police Sergeant Shawn Morrison.