AD Heavy Truck Enforcement 2020
The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP) has selected several participating Aggressive Driving Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) throughout the Commonwealth to enforce unsafe driving behaviors by and around commercial motor vehicles (CMV) for 2020 Wave 3. Wave 3 runs from July 6 – Aug 23, 2020. These LEAs are chosen through crash data analysis in their specific Regions. Police will lookout for aberrant driving behaviors with CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers as we work toward zero deaths on our roadways. This additional enforcement project was created to assist in the reduction of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks and passenger vehicles.
Heavy truck related crashes in PA resulted in 136 fatalities in 2018. These crashes accounted for 11.4% of all vehicle fatalities in 2017. Unsafe driving behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers around CMVs continue to be a leading cause of crashes. Nationwide, fatal crashes involving large trucks have steadily increased to 4,415 fatal crashes in 2018, a 52.6% jump when compared to 2009. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver behavior is the causational factor in more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger vehicle crashes. More than 21% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction, nearly the same number as that of passenger car drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Enforcement personnel will enforce dangerous driver behaviors such as Red Light Running, Tailgating, the Move Over Law and Speeding.
The aggressive-driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). By using traffic enforcement strategies and education, this campaign aims to discourage the high-risk driving behaviors of all drivers operating either in or around CMVs.