EDITORIAL: Curbing aggressive driving

York Dispatch

Thumbs up to PennDOT’s 2015-16 Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. It has partnered with the National Highway Safety Administration since 2006 to crack down on aggressive driving, an issue the departments have determined as the state's No. 1 problem as far as traffic safety.

In 2015, municipal agencies across the state wrote a combined 54,926 aggressive driving citations, including 33,893 speeding tickets.

Officers from six counties were awarded recently for cracking down on aggressive driving.

PennDOT honors York officers for citing aggressive drivers

Retired York Area Regional Police Officer George McGee was among the 28 officers honored in the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education PAADEEP program. York Area Regional Officer Joshua Crimmel and West Manchester Township Officer Adam Jordan of were

“What we are trying to do is promote safety, and unfortunately people get citations, but hopefully they’ll learn from that," McGee said. also honored.

Thumbs down to the culinarily challenged culprits who littered a Warrington Township woman's front porch by smashing a SpaghettiOs-stuffed watermelon at the front steps of her home.

"Somebody threw whoopie pies at her front porch over a year ago," Trooper Rob Hicks said. Worse yet, Hicks said police don't believe this week's mischief is related to the whoopie-pie affair and described it as random and isolated.

Enterprising vandals hurl melon filled with SpaghettiOs

He said vandals likely hollowed out the small melon, then poured in the sauce-covered pasta.

No matter the prankish nature of the act, the 47-year-old Old York Road resident must feel a sense of victimization and perhaps fear. Lives are complicated enough without having to be concerned about random, destructive antics.

Law enforcement officials have no suspects and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call state police at (717) 428-1011.

Thumbs up to volunteers and organizers of The United Way of York County’s 15th annual Day of Action on Friday, June 17.

Over 600 volunteers locally participated at this year’s event, assisting with more than 60 projects associated with close to 100 nonprofit organizations.

“This event gives organizations the opportunity to get more done in a day than in what would take them a few months,” said Nicole Shaffer, United Way of York County's director of marketing and communications.

United Way hosts 15th Day of Action

"We hold the event to specifically bring awareness ... and give people the chance to volunteer and make connections,” said Zachary Reynolds, the United Way of York County's Volunteer Center coordinator.

It’s good to see the spirit of volunteerism alive and well in York County.