Borough, state police targeting unsafe drivers

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In some activities, being aggressive is a good thing — but driving is not one of them.

To emphasize the hazards of unsafe driving, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have been targeting aggressive drivers over the past month.

The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PA ADEEP) Wave 2 enforcement effort continues throughout the area.

The enforcement Wave 2 runs today through Thursday, and more than 330 roadways statewide have been targeted in this latest effort to reduce aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries and deaths, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.

Punxsutawney Borough Police has received funding for this effort and is one of the participating municipal agencies, he said.

Fedigan said Route 119, which runs through Punxsutawney, is a targeted enforcement area.

This enforcement program is funded by PennDOT's statewide investment of $2.3 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, he said.

"This particular wave targets the areas of stopping at stop signs and traffic signals,” Fedigan said, adding that PennDOT wants police to focus on enforcement of traffic control devices.

The chief said Punxsy Police also have continued the speed enforcement.
"We've focused on some streets where we've received a lot of complaints, such as Woodland Avenue," Fedigan said, adding that he has received a lot of feedback from residents who've been very appreciative of Punxsy Police conducting the enforcement effort.

Since July 9, Fedigan said, officers have stopped 151 motorists for aggressive driving and have issued the following:

• One citation for an unrestrained (no seatbelt) child under eight years of age.

• 11 citations for unrestrained adults over 18.

• 67 citations for speeding.

• 37 citations for failing to obey a traffic control device.

• 15 citations for other moving violations.

• One citation for driving without a valid license.

"As a result of our proactive efforts, Punxsutawney Borough has seen a statistical reduction in the amount of reportable and non-reportable collisions over a five-year trend," Fedigan said.