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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Aggressive drivers beware! And change your aggressive ways.

The Washington Township Police Department will join state police and over 215 municipal police departments later this month in an effort to stop aggressive drivers.

While township police didn’t list specific areas they would target during their aggressive driving enforcement wave that starts March 18, some residents had suggestions.

“Please patrol Barnett Avenue,” one person suggested in a social media post, calling the street a speedway.

Others suggested Welty Road, claiming drivers often speed in that location while children are waiting for the school bus in the mornings.

Another resident suggested patrols in the Hooverville school area as school let’s out in the afternoon.

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“It gets crazy,” the resident said. “Most people speed through there trying to beat the school buses coming out.”

Others complained of agressive drivers tailgating, hogging the road and engaging in other agressive behavior.

Police hope campaign will make roads safer

The purpose is to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on township roads.

Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a citation.

The enforcement wave will focus on speeding, work zones safety violations and school bus violations.

Motorists exhibiting behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely or other aggressive actions will also be cited.

Last year’s campaign considered a success

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 50,707 aggressive-driving related citations, including 30,197 for speeding.

0Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,657 citations.

The enforcement accounted for 68 felony arrests, 142 fugitives apprehended, 200 impaired driving arrests and 1,259 occupant protection citations.

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.

It is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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