PennDOT, AAA Teaming Up Against Aggressive Drivers

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is working with AAA East Central to start a series of Zoom video conferences for interviews specifically dedicated to aggressive driving during the pandemic.

Traffic volumes are still down, but some motorists are still showing aggressive driving behaviors.

While local and state authorities are working on their end to dispel the number of reckless drivers and the subsequent accidents, 216 municipalities and state agencies are also joining forces in a statewide mobilization.

The “enforcement wave” is looking to home in on tailgating, heavy truck enforcement, pedestrian safety and red light running.

But that doesn't mean other types of reckless driving behavior will be ignored.

Speeding, texting, work zone safety violations, and texting will also be highlighted.

The safety partners are recommending that all motorists stay calm when approached by any aggressive behavior on the road: don't make eye contact, don't respond to rude gestures or challenge them.

Simply move to the right lane, and let them pass.

In the past 30 days alone, there have 1,830 aggressive driving citations given out in southwest Pennsylvania.

Accidents from aggressive driving have been on the decline this year, but in 2019, there were 6,748 incidents from the reckless behavior and 95 fatalities.

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