Police in York County target aggressive driving

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Eleven York County police departments, along with state police, are part of a statewide detail to target aggressive driving, according to the Center for Traffic Safety.

The detail began Monday, Oct. 23, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Pennsylvania's Steer Clear law requires drivers to move at least one lane away from emergency responders on the side of the highway. Drivers who can't move over must, by law, slow down.

Participating locally are York City Police, York Area Regional Police, Northern York County Regional Police, Hanover Police and police in Springettsbury, Spring Garden, West Manchester, Hellam, Lower Windsor, Fairview and Carroll townships, according to the center.

According to the state Department of Transportation, 240 municipal police departments and state troopers are participating statewide and will target areas known to have high numbers of aggressive-driving crashes.

Expect a ticket: There will be "zero tolerance" during the detail, meaning anyone stopped for aggressive driving will receive a ticket, PennDOT said.

Aggressive driving includes speeding, tailgating, weaving across lanes and running red lights, and speeding generally accounts for more than 75 percent of all violations police cite for during aggressive-driving enforcement details, according to PennDOT.


In southcentral Pennsylvania, speed-related crashes have decreased 19 percent, from 6,660 in 2007 to 5,371 in 2016, according to PennDOT statistics. York County had 1,616 speed-related crashes in 2007 and 1,295 such crashes in 2016.

Statewide in 2016, there were 129,395 reportable traffic crashes that killed 1,188 people and caused major injury to 4,397 people, according to PennDOT.

In 2016, the economic loss from traffic crashes was nearly $1,400 for every person in Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT.

For more information, visit penndot.gov/safety.

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