Officers across Philadelphia area, southeastern Pennsylvania to target aggressive drivers

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (WPVI) — Officials in southeastern Pennsylvania are cracking down on aggressive drivers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that more than 80 city police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will join the state police in a coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths the roads of the region.

The enforcement wave runs through August 21 and focuses on serious truck infractions, pedestrian safety, red light driving and tailgating.

When encountering an aggressive driver, PennDOT staff remind drivers to:

– Avoid them and don’t challenge them
– Keep calm, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures

– Don’t block the fast lane when driving slower than most of the traffic
– Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger can call the police. However, if you are using a mobile phone, stop in a safe place.

The Abington Township Police Department is in its eighth year using red light cameras and is one of the few departments outside of Philadelphia to use them.

From 2014 to 2021, traffic violations nearly doubled, but accidents declined.

“Aggressive driving, one of the things it can lead to is a traffic incident. Two days ago we had a report from a motorist that another motorist pointed a gun at him while driving,” said Chris Porter, deputy chief of Abington Police.

In 2021, 1,483 aggressive driving accidents resulted in 27 deaths in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, according to PennDOT officials.

Since 2014, 164 street shootings have been reported in Pennsylvania, 52 of them in the Philadelphia area.

Any aggressive driver who is stopped by the police will receive a ticket.

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