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Monday’s high,83; Overnight low, 54
TUE-SUNNY, CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 83
TUE NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 56
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 77
WED NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 54
THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 81
THU NIGHT-LOW 61
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PennDot and law enforcement launch aggressive driving program…Kane state police will set up DUI check points throughout McKean County next month…Bradford driver arrested for DUI…Lewis Run man beaten up during weekend party….
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) the Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement agencies from Elk County yesterdat kicked off a high visibility enforcement mobilization targeting aggressive drivers at a media event in St. Marys. The mobilization runs through August 26, and is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP).
During the mobilization, law enforcement will focus on red light running, the Steer Clear law, tailgating and speeding. The Steer Clear law requires motorists to move one lane over when encountering an incident where emergency responders are present. If not possible due to traffic conditions, motorists must reduce speed. Failure to comply can result in a $250 fine for first time offenders and, if the violation results in an injury to a responder, a 90-day license suspension.
Law enforcement at yesterday’s event will join more than 235 municipal agencies to participate in the mobilization statewide. Last year’s campaign resulted in the writing of 41,661 citations, including 27,017 for speeding, 1,203 for occupant protection violations, and 2,493 for red light violations. Officers also made 137 arrests for impaired driving.
According to PennDOT 2017 data, aggressive driving was listed as a cause in 60 percent of Elk County crashes. In St. Marys alone, aggressive driving was listed as the cause in 80 of the 185 total county-wide crashes, which includes 34 injuries and one fatality.
PAADEEP is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the project is to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania.
And, state police at Kane announce they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints next month on McKean County Roads that have a high incidence of alcohol related crashes.
Speaking of DUI, Michael Raybuck Jr. 39 of Bradford, was arrested for DUI after being stopped by patrol officers on the West Warren Road in Bradford Township, McKean County a few minutes after midnight today. State police pulled Raybuck over for alleged summary traffic violation and determined he was driving his 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer under the influence. Troopers clai9m Raybuck refused to submit to chemical testing which, in Pennsylvania, is an automatic one year license suspension.
The investigation is continuing into an assault allegedly taking place this past Saturday morning between 2:00 and 3:00 am in Corydon Township, McKean County. A 22 year old Lewis Run man was punched in the face several times by a known male assailant and state police say charges are pending.