Police put the brakes on extreme speeders
By VICKY TAYLOR Staff writer

We've all seen them: vehicles that zoom past in the interstate passing lane, dodging lane to lane, doing what we're sure is at least 100 mph.

Now Pennsylvania State Police Troop H, headquartered in Harrisburg and covering six counties, including Franklin, is doing something about them.

Troopers are cracking down on cases of extreme speed on Interstate 81, using marked cruisers, unmarked cars and aircraft to clock motorists driving aggressively or at high rates of speed.

Troopers assigned to the Chambersburg barracks caught several last month, including six driving at very high rates of speed on the busy highway. And they plan to continue their effort throughout the summer.

In May, six drivers were clocked at speeds more than 90 mph, according to a police statement, and the offenders were cited.

Sylvester Shanholtzer, 72, Frederick, Md., was cited for driving 91 mph on the interstate. Jarred Halteman, 20, Wrightsville, Ga., and Nicholas Carbaugh, 18, Chambersburg, were each clocked at 94 mph.

Atma Singh, 44, Monroe, N.J., was clocked at 98. Keith Filer, 49, Shippensburg, was clocked doing 101 mph, and a 17-year-old was clocked driving 105 mph. Not only do speeders pay hefty fines, but they can lose their driving privileges if they rack up enough points on their licenses.

A person driving 91 mph would be subject to a fine of $84.50 ($42.50 plus $2 for every mile over 70). Speeders cited for driving 101 and 105 mph were likely fined $104.50
and $112 respectively.

But fines are only the beginning of the cost of speeding in Pennsylvania. Once court costs and fees are added to the fine, it can pushes the total much higher, at times doubling it.

When points are added to the driver's record -- between two and five points depending on the speed -- the driver can quickly be in danger of losing his or her driving privileges.

No more than six points are allowed on a driving record at any time. Once that number is reached, drivers must take a test, face a PennDOT hearing, or lose their license.

Troopers, however, say the cost can be much higher, since speed is a primary factor in many accidents, including fatalities.


Vicky Taylor can be reached at 262-4753 or vtaylor@publicopinionnews.com.