Tuesday, June 6, 2017

PennDOT - Safety Partners Honor Local Police for Aggressive-Driving Enforcement

From left to right: John Morgan (PADEEP), Officer Brian McGee (Williamsport), Sgt. Michael Brubaker (PSP), Cpt. Jody Miller (Williamsport), Chief Joe Hope (Old Lycoming Township) and Chris Smith, Community Traffic Safety Project.
Montoursville, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Community Traffic Safety Project today met in Williamsport to honor municipal police officers from Lycoming County for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project in 2016.

Award recipients were Chief Joe Hope, Old Lycoming Township Police Department, and Officer Brian McGee, Williamsport Bureau of Police. John Morgan with the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PADEEP) presented the awards.

The aggressive-driving campaign focused on distracted driving, work-zone safety violations, red light running, 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 43,136 aggressive-driving related citations, including 28,235 for speeding, and traffic control signal signs remained the second most-common offense, resulting in 2,807 citations. The enforcement accounted for 37 felony arrests, 132 impaired driving arrests and 50 felony arrests, as well as other citations and arrests.

The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Before the ceremony, a training session on navigating the was Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool website was held. Rick Leymeister with North Central Highway Safety Network presented the training.

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