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Public Service Announcement – Aggressive Driving Campaign

The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department was awarded a grant from the Chester County Highway Safety Project to enforce aggressive driving behaviors.  The grant period is designed to influence driving habits before we enter into the summer driving season and thus reduce collisions.  In 2017, the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department reported an overall decrease in traffic collisions, by 18.6%.  However, at the end of the first quarter of 2018 we have experienced an uptick in reportable collisions by nearly 53%.

It is our hope that with our efforts to enforce speeding, tailgating, disregard of traffic signals and related offenses, we can influence driving behaviors to reduce serious collisions and keep the motoring and pedestrian traffic safe. 

Below are the results from a selective enforcement detail conducted on April 5, 2018 between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Prospect Avenue at the intersection of Summit Avenue in West Grove Borough. 

Total Traffic Violations:             30
Speeding Violation:                      26
Seatbelt Violation:                       1
License Violation:                        3       

Total Criminal Violations:          1
Drug Possession; ACT 64:           1

Total Traffic/Criminal:               31

The speed violations enforced spanned from 43 MPH to 53 MPH with the average enforced speed being 46 MPH in a posted 30 MPH zone.  The detail was conducted during a time frame when at least three school buses stopped to pick-up 40 children and when traffic congestion was heavy with commerce and motorists heading to work. 

We support our community’s efforts to improve public safety through the use of social media communication, as captured in a screenshot image below taken from the West Grove Area Message Board on Facebook; we would suggest in the future adding the following statement alerting of police activity…  “Keep our children safe and obey the speed limit every day!!!”     

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For more information about this and other public safety activities find us at our website www.newgarden.org/southern-chester-county-regional-police or at the Crime-watch page www.sccrpd.org, Facebook or on Twitter at @1SCCRPD.  Questions about this press release can be directed to the Chief of Police’s office at 610-268-2907, extension 105.