Between March 18 and April 28 the South Abington Police Department completed Wave 1 of an aggressive driving campaign, according to Officer Henry Zimmer.
A grant from National Highway Safety Traffic Administration entails the department to put different details together to prevent aggressive driving, ranging from speeding violations, reckless driving and careless driving in highly traveled areas.
National Highway Safety Traffic Administration was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety, according to its website nhtsa.org.The $1,600 grant allowed four officers to enforce a traffic enforcement zones operation.
“A problem with our department especially, a police officer is supposed to go out and enforce traffic, but there are times when you can’t because of the volume of calls coming in. So, on these specific details, when you have that extra money to bring in a few guys, they are out there and their specific assignment is to enforce traffic laws,” said Officer Henry Zimmer.
During wave 1, 143 drivers were pulled over. Of those contacts, one seat belt violation was issued; 88 speeding citations, nothing under 20 mph over the speed limit in a 35 zone was issued; four obedience to traffic control device, no points assessed to license, which is anything from speed limit signs ignored; two suspended operators, 27 verbal warnings, 28 issued warnings, one drug arrest and one arrest for a felony warrant.
A buckle up program will be administered between May 20 and June 9 and emphasize more on seat belt violations. “Our main focus with the operations we set up is to ensure the public that we will ensure their safety to the best of our abilities,” Zimmer said.