County-wide initiative deters road rage

Poughkeepsie -- The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with 13 other police agencies in Dutchess County will be targeting road rage and aggressive driving as part of an ongoing effort to make our highways safer.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Council has provided a significant grant to Dutchess County Police Agencies to fight aggressive driving this next week. Monies were provided to help offset both overtime and equipment costs. The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) allows police agencies, such as the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, to target strong enforcement actions in areas that have been identified as having a high incidence of aggressive driving.

“We want to protect everyone who drives in Dutchess County,” Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson. “We want to keep our highways and the people who use them safe. Too many people are placed at risk by aggressive drivers, and we want to reduce that risk.”

According to Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board Administrator William Johnson, the top four causes of crashes in Dutchess County are unsafe speed, failure to yield right of way, following too closely, and driver distraction. Speeding in Dutchess County is double the New York State average as a factor in crashes, he said.