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18 - CAPE GAZE'Fr Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 State police initiate aggressive driving campaign on highways Karen Johnson, Delaware secre- safety, Examples of targeted ag- 'road rage' can quickly lead to se- tary of public safety, was joined by local and state law enforce- ment officials on Wednesday, July 2, to announce the "Take It Easy" campaign targeting aggressive driving on Delaware's highways. The aggressive driving Cam- paign is a joint project of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and all Delaware " police agencies. The "Take It Easy" program is a special enforcement and educa- tional effort which is designed to focus on a problem that is a prima- ry concern and victimizes the mo- toring public on a regular basis. Aggressive driving, as defined by the "Take It Easy" program, is defined as the combination of un- safe and unlawful driving actions that demonstrate a disregard for gressive driving violations include following too closely, unsafe lane changes, failure to use turn sig- nals, disregarding traffic control devices, excessive speed and im- proper passing. According to Delaware State Police 1996 traffic statistics, ag- gressive driving acts accounted for 40 percent of all traffic crashes in the state.- The total number of crashes in 1996 was 20,465, with 8,030 of these being aggressive driving related. "Too frequently, drivers who usually follow the rules of the road allow their emotions to im- pair their driving," said Gov. Tom Carper. "This is among the most dangeroug things a driver can do - even if only for a few moments. As you travel through our state, keep in mind that a few seconds of rious injury or death. When you're on the road, do the smart thing and the safe thing - take it easy." The Delaware "Take It Easy" program will be a multi-phased public information campaign which provides the public with educational messages encourag- ing them to practice safe and cour- teous driving behaviors. The campaign will also instruct mo- torists on how to react when con- fronted by aggressive drivers and how not to react adversely and be- come aggressive drivers them- selves. Initial, public service an- nouncements will air on local ra- dio stations and educational mate- rials, including a campaign poster and information brochure, will be distributed. Power surges cause Motorists on Route 1 are subject to bursts of danger during hot weather, when power surges can wreakhavoc on the electrical sys- tem of traffic lights. According to Alan Davis, Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation (DelDOT) community relations officer, mon- itors for intersections are .often impacted on hot days, where there is a high pull on the energy source. "If you get a dip in power," he explained, "the monitors will set to flash." The monitors set the lights so that they do not give con- flicting signalg from various di- rections. The flashing lights cause a haz- ard because they incite poor driver .... attitude, said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. Aggressive driving is the cause of countless accidents, many of them serious. "Patience is the key word," he said. "Route 1 is a busy place no matter what time it is or whether the lights are working correctly. Drivers should not take chances to get through a light. It will cause an accident. Some- one's going to have to give a little bit and someone has to take a little bit." Davis estimates approximately three to five Route 1 intersections are impacted weekly, either be- cause of the power surges, an electrical pole being struck or storm interference. DelDOT engi- neers or technicians must reset the monitors, so police are summoned to direct traffic manually until the lights are reset. To protect both the officer directing traffic as well as the motorists traveling through the intersections, Lewis advised, "Be careful, and don't move in any direction unless motioned to by the police." Shown above is the Lowe's in- tersection at midday on Wednes- day, July 9 when the lights sud- denly began flashing. Two offi- cers from Troop 7 were dis- patched to direct the traffic that funnels through the intersection in four directions. ,, trouble at Route 1 intersections Furniture Restorers, Inc. Finisi Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. 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Following the impact, the Ford, operated by Patricia Cobb, 46, of New York City, N.Y., was pushed into the rear of a 1992 Chevy, driven by Cymthia Johnson, 49, of Silver Spring, Md. Cobb was taken to Beebe Medical Center, where she was treated and released for cervical strain. Casullo was cited for following too close. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety recently initiated an anti-aggressive driving campaign aimed at reducing acci- dents. Law enforcement agents from throughout the state will be ticketing individuals who carelessly endanger other motorists and pedestrians. It's arazing I',(rw trax.h a few quarters are worth at Dover Downs Slots. It takes jm 75 to win our $20,000 Chal:al Slx'dt Jackpot and just $1.50 to win our $25,000 Vehicle Ja&0ot. Bring in tM coupon below and you'll get ur Sizdin' Sumaer Giveaway Card with a free chance to win $25,C00 in cash inmamly! 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