(WHTM) – Wednesday, March 30 is Aggressive Driving Enforcement Day across Pennsylvania and police will be out in force in an effort to reduce the number of drivers who speed, drive distracted and don’t know work areas.
State transportation leaders say early data from 2021 shows the number of deaths from aggressive driving has increased by 40%. In 2020, there were over 5,600 aggressive driving crashes and 91 people died.
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“Keeping our roads safe is everyone’s responsibility,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “PennDOT often urges drivers to slow down, buckle up, and never drive distracted or impaired, but it’s just as important to remain calm and courteous behind the wheel.”
That same year, soldiers issued more than 100,000 speeding tickets, including more than 2,000 for driving over 100 miles per hour. According to state police, these crashes can be prevented by slowing down drivers and limiting distracted driving.
“With the return to the road and more normal work and school schedules, we find that many have forgotten safe driving behaviors and may also be experiencing higher levels of distraction and stress,” said Mark Compton, CEO of PA Turnpike. “Aggressive driving can be triggered by heavy traffic and busy drivers. This type of driving plays a major role in accidents and fatal collisions.
The application wave will continue until April 24.