FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
The Bethlehem Police Department has recently concluded an Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program. The program began in the early spring and consisted of traffic enforcement on Route 378 in Bethlehem. Enforcement was targeted against those drivers that exhibited aggressive driving behaviors. Speeding, tailgating, and running red lights are some of the more common examples of aggressive driving. Route 378 had been selected as the target of this enforcement due to the high numbers of vehicle crashes that were resulting in serious injuries, significant property damage, and occasional road closures.
To combat the problem, Bethlehem received a grant that funded 70 hours of traffic enforcement. The Police Department contributed an additional 12 hours of un-funded enforcement and those combined hours were divided up over several days, throughout the spring and summer. The hours of the individual enforcement details were scheduled to coincide with the statistically highest rates of crashes along that route.
By the conclusion of the program, 85 motorists were cited for speeding, 2 motorists were cited for driving with suspended licenses, 2 citations were issued for seatbelt violations, 2 more citations were issued for Following too closely (tailgating), 3 red-light citations were issued along with 11 other tickets for paperwork/ Inspections issues. All drivers stopped during the program were also given an informational pamphlet on aggressive driving.
Effect: Comparing crash data from March- September in 2013 to the same time frame in 2014, we saw a reduction in the number of reported crashes along Route 378. In fact, crashes along that route were cut by almost 1/3 (30.77%). Average speeds noted on earlier details were higher than those noted toward the end of the program. (High 60’s to start reduced to high 50’s/low 60’s at the end)
Conclusion: This project, has aided in slowing down vehicle speeds on Route 378 in Bethlehem. The slower speeds and safer driving have significantly reduced the number of crashes on that stretch of road.
Lt. Jeremy Alleshouse #272
Bethlehem Police Traffic Bureau
10 E. Church St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Department (610) 865-7187
Office (610) 865-7155
Fax (610) 865-2462