State, local police targeting aggressive drivers in annual detail

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • The aggressive-driving detail runs until Aug. 27, according to the Center for Traffic Safety.

An aggressive-driving enforcement detail in York County and nearby counties continues until late August, according to the Center for Traffic Safety.

Participating are state police and municipal police in York, Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, according to Barbara Zortman of the traffic-safety center.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers to move a lane away, or slow down, for emergency vehicles stopped along roadsides.
(Photo courtesy of PennDOT)

The latest wave of enforcement started Thursday and wraps up on Aug. 27, she said in an email.

Police will be watching closely for speeders, tailgaters, drivers who run red lights and those who disobey Pennsylvania's "steer clear" law.

According to the state Department of Transportation, drivers must move at least one lane away from emergency responders. That includes police, tow trucks, PennDOT vehicles, ambulances and other emergency personnel.

If drivers can't move to another lane, they must slow down, according to the law.

Fines, suspensions: Violators face fines of up to $250, and those who cause injury to an emergency responder or PennDOT worker could have their licenses suspended for 90 days, according to PennDOT.

Police also will be watching for any aggressive driving actions, Zortman said, and anyone pulled over for aggressive driving will be cited.

York County municipal police departments participating are: Carroll Township Police, Fairview Township Police, Hanover Police, Hellam Township Police, Lower Windsor Township Police, Northern York County Regional Police, Spring Garden Township Police, Springettsbury Township Police, West Manchester Township Police, York Area Regional Police and York City Police.

During last year's aggressive-driving campaign, municipal police departments in southcentral Pennsylvania issued 7,511 aggressive-driving-related citations, the bulk of which — 5,295 — were for speeding, according to Zortman.

For more information, visit penndot.gov/safety.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.