Police Use New Method To Catch Aggressive Drivers
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH The Pennsylvania State Police will be using a new tactic to keep the roads safe during the Fourth of July weekend.
Over the next five days the State Police will be using special surveillance planes to help crack down on people known as aggressive drivers – people who drive in a very unsafe manner that puts others in harm’s way.
“They are a concern because they put other motorists at risk,” said Police Capt. Robert Lizik.
The planes target those drivers who are traveling at excessive rates of speed or are unsafely weaving through traffic.
Motorists seen driving aggressively will be identified by the pilot of the plane, after which a police car on the ground will give chase.
Certain areas of highway have been determined to be “aggressive driving corridors” thanks to a computerized study of accidents over the past five years. These are the areas where accidents have been most prevalent.
“These [accidents] are 100 percent preventable,” said Shawn Houck of PennDOT.
The Police say the planes will be airborne three of the next five days, but would not say at what time or where.
However, the State Police believe that since drivers will not know where the planes are, they will be deterred from driving dangerously in all areas.
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