Nearly 2,000 midstaters were among the 19,000 aggressive drivers caught in a statewide crackdown in a Smooth Operator enforcement program conducted by state and municipal police departments during July.
And another wave of aggressive drivers will be targeted by more than 150 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police that will be on patrol again starting Sunday through Aug. 11, according to a news release of the state Department of Transportation.
State and local police will be found on roads that have a high requency of aggressive-driving crashes, PennDOT said.
Aggressive driving is the leading cause of highway fatalities in Pennsylvania, according to PennDOT. Last year, 909 of the state's 1,525 traffic fatalities were related to aggressive driving.
PennDOT has committed $2 million to the program to support police training, overtime and equipment such as wireless infrared speed dectators.
In the second wave, police issued 19,014 citations and made 362 arrests.More than 15,000 drivers were cited for aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs and making unsafe lane changes. In additionally, 774 citations were issued for failure to wear a seat belt; 3,151 citations were issued for other traffic fiolations.
Locally, 392 drivers were cited or arrested by local police in Cumberland County; 723 were in Dauphin County, and 26 were in Lebanon County. State Police Troop H in Harrisburg caught 324 drivers, while Troop L in Lancaster tagged 455 motorists.
Smooth Operator enforcement will continue Sept. 2-15.