BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill on Wednesday outlawing texting while driving. Police will be in charge of enforcing the law.
Route 65, especially in Beaver County, is a multi-lane strip of black top custom-made for aggressive driving.
Police know that, so what they want drivers to do over the next couple days is stow the cell phone and slow down because they are looking for you.
This is a site you might see a lot of in the next few days.
“We are focusing here in Beaver County on aggressive driving. We are here to remind motorists that they need to do everything they can to slow down and obey all traffic laws,” Steve Cowan, of PennDOT, said.
The state is pouring $2.5 million into a crackdown on aggressive driving, and Route 65 in Beaver County is one of its target zones.
“The nature of the road itself is the fact that it is fairly straight, especially through Freedom where it opens up and down into our town into East Rochester. The speed is a lot higher,” Officer Sam Piccinini of Rochester Borough Police, said.
Aggressive driving includes: speeding, tailgating, running lights, running through stop signs, blowing through construction zones and making illegal turns.
“A lot of the excuses we heard are ‘I just got a call, “I was looking at a text,” “I just got a text,” or “I have to go to the bathroom,” Chief Eugene St. Clair of Freedom Police, said.
Now this crackdown involves more than just Route 65 in Beaver County, 320 municipalities state-wide are taking part. It wraps up on Nov. 13.