State salutes officer for targeting aggressive driving
PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer and the department recently received recognition for curbing aggressive driving behaviors in the Punxsutawney area.
“As chief of police, I am always happy and proud when an outside agency recognizes the outstanding work accomplished by the officers of our police department,” Chief Tom Fedigan said.
Fedigan said Officer Patrick Renwick, a five-year veteran of the department, was recognized for his outstanding efforts
during the 2011 Pa. Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.
The award was presented at the recent Regional Aggressive Driving Meeting by John Conti, law enforcement liaison, Fedigan said.
The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) is a statewide initiative that utilizes crash data to identify aggressive driving locations, Fedigan said.
High-visibility target enforcement, coordinated earned media, public awareness and training are conducted on roads to reduce the number of needless, aggressive driving injuries and deaths.
The partnership is comprised of municipal police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, the U.S. Department of Transportation and community groups and organizations.
Officer Ryan Miller, project coordinator, said aggressive driving behaviors include speeding, tailgating and running red lights.
Distracted drivers are also likely to become aggressive drivers, especially by running red lights if they aren’t paying attention, Miller said in an earlier interview.
PAADEEP said a second wave of enforcement will run from Monday through Aug. 16, with more than 330 municipal police agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police participating.
More than 380 statewide roads will be targeted in this effort to reduce aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries and deaths.
According to PAADEEP’s Web site (www.JustDrivePA.com), there were 6,318 aggressive-driving crashes in 2011, an increase from 5,813 in 2010.
There were 168 fatalities in crashes involving aggressive driving in 2011, the same as in 2010.
In 2011, there were 14,259 crashes involving a distracted driver, an increase from 13,846 in 2010, which resulted in 59 fatalities in 2011.