BLOOMSBURG — The state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Highway Safety Network on Wednesday honored local police officers for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project in 2019.
“You do a terrific job at what you do. A lot of times you don’t get the thanks that you deserve but I am here to tell you thank-you,” state Rep. David Millard said, presenting a certificate of appreciation to each officer or department in attendance.
Patrolman Terrell Lehman, of Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department, received an individual award, as did Patrolman Michael Menapace, of the Coal Township Police Department, Patrolmen Jacob Shipman and Leif E. Hassenplug, of the Shamokin Dam Police Department.
The following local law enforcement agencies were recognized for their efforts: Pennsylvania State Police Troop F and police departments from Buffalo Valley Regional, Bloomsburg, Hemlock Township, Scott Township, South Centre Township, Coal Township, Mount Carmel Township, Sunbury and Shamokin Dam.
The aggressive driving enforcement focused on red light running, the Steer Clear law, the left lane law, distracted driving, work zone violations, tailgating and heavy trucks.
Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, or other aggressive actions were cited.
Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign made 39,141 aggressive-driving related contacts citing 22,353 drivers for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,077 citations. Additionally, the enforcement accounted for 34 felony arrests, 98 fugitives apprehended, 126 impaired driving arrests and 1,259 occupant protection citations.
The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).