Crackdown on Aggressive Drivers
The Pennsylvania State Police will join over 235 municipal agencies to conduct the second targeted aggressive driving enforcement wave from March 19th to April 29th. As part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, the second wave will aim to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on roadways throughout the State. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a citation. Participating municipal departments in the area include Bloomsburg, Hemlock Township, Locust Township, Scott Township and South Centre Township in Columbia County; Tiadaghton Valley Regional, Old Lycoming Township, and Williamsport in Lycoming County; Coal Township, Mount Carmel Township and Sunbury in Northumberland County and Shamokin Dam in Snyder County. The enforcement wave will focus on speeding, work zones safety violations and keeping right-passing left. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions will also be cited. Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 44,610 aggressive-driving related citations, including 27,017 for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 2,493 citations. Additionally, the enforcement accounted for 33 felony arrests, 94 fugitives apprehended, 137 impaired driving arrests and 1,203 occupant protection citations.
Motorists in Columbia County are advised the Northshore Railroad will perform tree trimming next week along tracks adjacent to Route 42 in Montour Township. Work will be performed between the Village of Rupert and Legion Road. There will be intermittent stoppages under flagging during this project, which is expected to begin Monday and last for several days. Motorists should be alert and watch for stopped or slow-moving vehicles. Meantime motorist are advised a contractor is relocating utility poles on Route 339 in Mifflin Township. This work is being performed between River Road and Smith Hollow Road. There will be daylight lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. There may be delays. The work is expected to be completed in about 10 weeks.