PennDOT has announced a statewide aggressive-driving campaign that runs through May 4, 2014. The enforcement will target motorists exhibiting aggressive-driving behaviors such as running red lights, speeding and tailgating, PennDOT said. More than 330 municipal departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will participate in the campaign. “Aggressive drivers stopped by police will receive a ticket,” PennDOT said in a statement. To see the full article click here and visit http://www.JustDrivePA.com for more information.
On Thursday at approximately 10:40 p.m., a New Garden Township police officer received a report of a subject impersonating an officer, prompting police to issue safety tips.
The woman offered this account: She was travelling southbound in the 900 block of Newark Road when she observed a vehicle approach from behind that had a single red dashboard-light flashing from inside the vehicle. She said she started to pull over, and the vehicle, described only as a sedan, turned the red light off. She said she continued southbound onto Gap Newport Pike, and the vehicle reactivated the red light, which prompted her to stop near the intersection of Gap Newport Pike and Limestone Road. As a man approached her vehicle, she observed that he was wearing brown “Timberland-style” boots and a black coat, not a police uniform, which alarmed her. She drove away and flagged down an officer in uniform.
The New Garden Township police request that anyone with information or who has experienced a similar incident contact them at 610-268-2907, ext. 100, or the anonymous TIP line at 610-268-2907, ext. 222.
In the meantime, the department offers the following advice to anyone with concerns about the legitimacy of a traffic stop: Drive normally to a well-lighted and public place, ideally with people present before stopping. If the vehicle is not a marked unit, the emergency lights should be built-in, not temporarily placed on the vehicle. Turn on your emergency flashers, but don’t turn off your car. Do not get out of the vehicle to meet the officer and keep your door locked. Most officers will advise you of the reason for the stop and request your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance; if they tell you to get out of the car without any preliminary questions, be suspicious. Look for a uniform with official insignia or other official attire and equipment, keeping in mind that some of these items are available to the public. If the officer is in plainclothes, look for identifying clothing and equipment. If unsure that you’re dealing with a police officer, ask to see an official department ID and badge, or ask if you can contact Chester County Police Radio (610-268-3171) to confirm their identity. You may also request that a marked patrol unit respond to the location.
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One of the biggest party nights of the year will also have police out in force conducting DUI checkpoints. The Northern Delaware County DUI Taskforce announced it will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Nov. 23, the night before Thanksgiving.The enforcement is part of “Operation Safe Holiday,” which runs statewide from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
The taskforce composed of Haverford, Marple, Newtown, Radnor, Springfield and Upper Darby Police Departments has been in operation since 2009 and has made 64 DUI arrests. Its purpose is to save lives on the roadways and reduce injuries by aggressively enforcing drunken driving laws. For more information on avoiding an arrest and keeping safe this holiday season visit DriveSafePA.org.
A man armed with a gun and claiming he planted a bomb robbed the Walgreens on Wilmington-West Chester Pike Tuesday night. The suspect walked into the store around 7:10 p.m., walked up to the pharmacy counter and handed the clerk a note stating he had planted a bomb about a half mile away that would go off in 30 seconds, according to state police. As he stood at the counter, the suspect flashed a black handgun that he had tucked into the waistband of his pants.
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The clerk handed the suspect four bottles of Oxycodone and the suspect fled in an unknown direction. The suspect has two distinctive tattoos on his left hand – the word “LOVE” on his fingers with a tattoo of a Taurus symbol above. The clerk also described the suspect as a white male, 30-45-years-old; about 6 feet tall with a thin build and full beard and mustache. He had crooked, possibly missing, bottom teeth. Anyone who has information about the robber is urged to contact Pennsylvania State Police at 484-840-1000.
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Local police will be conducting DUI checkpoints and roving DUI patrols in Chester County over Labor Day weekend. The Chester County Impaired Driving Project, a multi-agency initiative, will be conducting DUI checkpoints and roving DUI patrols around Chester County between Friday and Monday. Make sure to be aware of these checkpoints and remember to never drive while intoxicated.