Police to crack down on aggressive driving

Local and state police gathered with PennDOT officials Monday to announce the kickoff of the latest wave of enforcement targeting aggressive driving.

Local and state police will ramp up enforcement on area roadways, particularly I-99 and Route 22, said PennDOT spokesman Anthony Scalia.

“Obviously, we work hand in hand with our local police departments,” Scalia said. “There’s federal grant money we make available to them to enforce for aggressive driving.”

Scalia said the enforcement goes along with the educational aspect of the campaign to combat aggressive driving. “It’s a data driven approach,” Scalia said, noting there will be dedicated enforcement in particular areas of the county based on accidents and other data.

Departments across Blair County, including state police, are participating in the aggressive driving enforcement, said Allegheny Township Police Chief Leo Berg.

Berg said this is the second wave of the campaign, one sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with officers from Allegheny, Greenfield, Freedom, Blair and Logan townships and the city of Altoona, taking part.

“We’re going to be looking for any aggressive driving, whether it be speeding, improper passing, stop signs and stoplights, following too closely, work zones, as well as seat belts,” Berg said.

The overall goal is safety, Berg said.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.