Aggressive Driver Enforcement

Wave 3 of the PennDOT funded 2018-2019 Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP) runs from July 8 through August 25, 2019.

Over 215 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will participate in this enforcement effort on roadways statewide.

NHTSA defines aggressive-driving crashes as those with at least two identified aggressive-driving behaviors included in the crash. Aggressive driving behaviors may include: speeding, making frequent or unsafe lane changes, illegal passing, failing to signal or yield the right of way, tailgating and disregarding traffic signals and stop signs.

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

Aggressive Driving Enforcement Strategies:

  1. Law enforcement will be on the lookout for aggressive driving behaviors, including red light running, Steer Clear violations, tailgating and heavy truck violations.
  2. Law enforcement agencies will concentrate efforts on roadways that are known to have a high number of aggressive-driving crashes including work zones.

When driving through a work zone:

  1.  Drive the posted work zone speed limit.
  2. Stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers.
  3. Turn on your headlights if signs instruct you to do so.
  4. Maintain a safe distance around vehicles. Don't tailgate.
  5. Use four-way flashers when stopped or traveling slowly.
  6. Avoid distractions and give your full attention to the road.
  7. Always buckle up.
  8. Expect the unexpected.
  9. Be patient.

Heavy Trucks

  1. Throughout Pennsylvania, specially trained state and local officers inspect commercial vehicles and their drivers for compliance with state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. These inspectors check that trucks are properly equipped and drivers meet safety requirements.
  2. As a motorist, if you can't see the truck driver or the truck's mirrors, then the driver can't see you. When you're following a truck, stay far enough back, and even out a bit to the left, so that the driver can see you in the truck’s mirrors.
  3. Trucks are long and need to swing wide when making a right turn. Don’t squeeze by on the right.
  4. When passing a truck, don't linger next to the truck as this is in the driver's blind spot. Be familiar with a truck’s No Zone.
  5. When you are far enough ahead, make sure that you can see the truck’s front tires in your rearview mirror before you pull in front of the truck. Never pull in front of a truck and slow down since this eliminates the truck driver's cushion of safety.

Miscellaneous

  1. Motorists are reminded of the state’s anti-texting while driving law. It is a primary offense for any driver to use an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.
  2. Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 50,707 citations, including 30,197 for speeding, 1,259 for occupant protection violations, 3,657 for red light/stop sign violations and 200 impaired driving arrests.
  3. Motorists are reminded to buckle up. Police will watch for motorists violating the state’s seat belt laws.
  4. The state’s primary seat-belt law requires drivers or passengers under 18 years old to wear a seat belt. The state’s secondary seat-belt law requires drivers and front-seat passengers 18 or older to wear their seat belt.
  5. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.

Although alcohol-related fatalities account for 27 percent of all traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania, impaired driving enforcement covers more than just alcohol impairment. Law enforcement also works to identify motorists impaired by drugs and prescription medication, or some combination of these. Did you know that prescription drugs, especially if combined with alcohol, can affect your driving ability? With potential side effects like drowsiness, blurred vision and more, prescription drugs and driving don’t always mix. Just drive sober.

More information on these topics is available under the Aggressive Driving and Seat Belt information centers at PennDOT.gov/Safety.

The extra enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.