DUBOIS – PennDOT and local highway safety professionals came together at the DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois yesterday to highlight the first wave of a statewide aggressive driving campaign. The event marks the midpoint of the current law enforcement wave, which runs through April 28.
PennDOT District 2 Assistant District Executive for Maintenance Jim Surkovich was joined by DuBois City police, Sandy Township police, St. Marys City police and state police — as well as other emergency responders from STAT MedEvac and DuBois Ambulance Service. Surkovich talked about the “Four E’s” of highway safety – engineering, enforcement, emergency responders and education, noting that each of the “E’s” works together in highway safety.
Dr. Joe Clark, medical director of the emergency department at DRMC, spoke on behalf of the center, as well as Brookville Hospital and Clearfield Hospital. Sgt. Rodney Fairman of the DuBois City Police Department noted that more than 350 municipal police departments and state police will participate in this enforcement wave. More than 400 roadways will be targeted in this effort.
Aggressive driving includes risky driving behaviors such as speeding, running red lights and stop signs and tailgating.
According to PennDOT data, there were 43 aggressive-driving crashes in Clearfield County in 2012. One person died in an aggressive-driving accident.
In the entire state, 6,744 aggressive-driving accidents were reported during the same time period, with 191 people killed in those accidents. The accidents represent those in which two aggressive-driving factors were reported by law enforcement.
The aggressive-driving enforcement wave is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by PennDOT’s investment of $2.5 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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