St. Marys, PA – Police are teaming up with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to kick off a high visibility enforcement mobilization targeting aggressive drivers, starting with a media event recently in St. Mary’s.

The mobilization runs through August 26, and is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP).

“The City of St. Marys Police Department and by extension the citizens of St. Marys are absolutely benefited by our officers’ enforcement efforts during each aggressive driving wave,” said Thomas J. Nicklas, Chief of Police. “Motorists in St. Marys were identified as being involved in a higher than normal rate of collisions involving aggressive driving behaviors. These waves allow officers to concentrate solely on these behaviors in an effort to reduce the number of collisions of this kind and make driving in our community safer for everyone.”

During the mobilization, law enforcement will focus on red light running, the Steer Clear law, tailgating and speeding. The Steer Clear law requires motorists to move one lane over when encountering an incident where emergency responders are present. If not possible due to traffic conditions, motorists must reduce speed. Failure to comply can result in a $250 fine for first time offenders and, if the violation results in an injury to a responder, a 90-day license suspension.

Law enforcement at today’s event will join more than 235 municipal agencies to participate in the mobilization statewide. Last year’s campaign resulted in the writing of 41,661 citations, including 27,017 for speeding, 1,203 for occupant protection violations, and 2,493 for red light violations. Officers also made 137 arrests for impaired driving.

According to PennDOT 2017 data, aggressive driving was listed as a cause in 60 percent of Elk County crashes. In St. Marys alone, aggressive driving was listed as the cause in 80 of the 185 total county-wide crashes, which includes 34 injuries and one fatality.

PAADEEP is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the project is to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania.

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