Local police departments join aggressive driving campaign

Christopher Dornblaser

Aggressive drivers might want to slow down the next few weeks while 11 local police departments join other departments in south central Pennsylvania in a six-week initiative targeting aggressive driving.

Between March 21 and May 1, 42 police departments from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will be targeting roads in their jurisdictions where there are high occurrences of aggressive-driving related crashes.

This will be the second targeted enforcement wave as part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project, funded by PennDOT. The goal of this wave is to reduce the number of driving-related crashes, injuries and deaths on the roads throughout the state.

There will be a focus on speeding, work zones safety violations and keep right-passing left, according to a release. Drivers driving too fast for conditions, following too closely or doing other aggressive actions will be cited, according to the release.

Departments that participated in last year's campaign wrote 53,000 aggressive-driving related citations, including 35,126 for speeding. Failure to obey traffic control signals was the second most-common offense, with 4,879 citations, according to the release.

In south central Pennsylvania, there were 6,399 aggressive driving-related citations, with 4,705 citations given out for speeding.

The departments in York County participating this year are: Carroll Township, Hanover, Hellam Township, Lower Windsor Township, Northern York Regional, Spring Garden Township, Springettsbury Township, West Manchester Township, West Manheim Township, York Area Regional and York City as well as Pennsylvania State Police Troop H.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.