First Person Viewpoint: Aggressive driver crackdown in Bethlelem Township, PA

This week, police were out in force across the state as part of an aggressive driver crackdown. I was invited to tag along for a DPM – a directed patrol mission – in parts of Bethlehem Township, where officers were on the look out for speeding, tailgating and other infractions.

Sgt. Daryl LaPointe explained to me that the township will try to send out officers to enforce traffic violations, but they’re often interrupted by more pressing calls, such as thefts, domestics altercations or crashes. (That should sound familiar to anyone who read my column on Pennsylvania State Police last month.) While authorities recognize there’s a need for tighter enforcement, there’s only so much that can be done on municipal budgets. Unlike some of the other departments in the region, Bethlehem Township still has motorcycle cops ready to go.