Above: In addition to aggressive driving enforcement, the Township Police also perform child seat safety checks for the public.
Written by Yasmeen Manyisha, Safety Press Officer, PA Department of Transportation
Chippewa Township Police participate in aggressive-driving enforcement project. Chippewa Township Police Department joins Pennsylvania State Police and more than 200 municipal police agencies to conduct targeted aggressive-driving enforcement that runs through November 17.
The department kicked off the wave October 21 and made 33 traffic stops; issued 13 citations and made two DUI-drug arrests during a four-hour enforcement period.
“Aggressive Driving is extremely dangerous for everyone on the road,” said Chippewa Township Chief Eric Hermick in a news release. “Whether it leads to road rage or a serious crash, this unsafe behavior can have negative effects that may even take lives.”
As part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, this enforcement wave focused on school bus safety, the Steer Clear law, tailgating and speeding. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions were also cited.
Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 41,661 citations, including 27,017 for speeding, 1,203 for occupant protection violations, 2,493 for red light violations, and 137 impaired driving arrests.
Since the Chippewa Police Department joined the aggressive driving initiative a year ago, Hermick said its “reportable crashes” have decreased
by 20 percent.
The enforcement was part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by part of the department’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For more information on aggressive driving, visit PennDOT.gov/Safety.