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Officers honored for efforts to combat aggressive driving



SUBMITTED PHOTO Taking part in a program Monday to honor efforts to combat aggressive driving are, from left, Sgt. Mike McNeal (Salem Township), Officer Vincent Taggart and Sgt. Joe Grassley (Scott Township), Patrolman Devan Defrain and Cpl. Paul Hilliard (Locust Township), Chief Roger Van Loan (Bloomsburg); District Attorney Thomas Leipold; Chief Michael VanDine (Hemlock Township) and Rep. David Millard at the Aggressive-Driving Award Ceremony at Bloomsburg Police Department.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Taking part in a program Monday to honor efforts to combat aggressive driving are, from left, Sgt. Mike McNeal (Salem Township), Officer Vincent Taggart and Sgt. Joe Grassley (Scott Township), Patrolman Devan Defrain and Cpl. Paul Hilliard (Locust Township), Chief Roger Van Loan (Bloomsburg); District Attorney Thomas Leipold; Chief Michael VanDine (Hemlock Township) and Rep. David Millard at the Aggressive-Driving Award Ceremony at Bloomsburg Police Department.

 BLOOMSBURG — PennDOT and the North Central Highway Safety Network met in Bloomsburg Monday to honor local police officers for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project in 2017.

Award recipients from Columbia County included Patrolman Ken Auchter with the Bloomsburg Police Department, Officer Vincent Taggart with Scott Township Police Department, Patrolman Devan Defrain with Locust Township Police Department and Patrolman Jeremy Moyer with the South Centre Township Police Department. 

Also receiving awards from Luzerne County Sgt. Michael McNeal with the Salem Township Police Department and, from Northumberland County, Kelly Campbell with the Mount Carmel Township Police Department. Columbia County District Attorney Thomas Leipold presented the awards.

State Rep. David Millard was in attendance to thank the recipients.

“What you do in invaluable with what goes on in the community,” he was quoted in a press release. “I don’t want it to go unnoticed that we don’t appreciate what you do, because we do.”

The aggressive-driving campaign focused on red light running, the Steer Clear law, tailgating and speeding. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, or other aggressive actions were also cited.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 41,661 citations, including 27,017 for speeding, 1,203 for occupant protection violations, 2,493 for red light violations and 137 impaired driving arrests.

For more information on aggressive driving, visit penndot.gov/safety or call 877-723-6830.