Police launch aggressive driving crackdown on Route 15

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Life just got tougher for speeders, tailgaters, and short-tempered drivers. Police are making a special effort to catch them – all along Route 15.

Midstate Pennsylvania was given an $80,000 grant aimed at reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries.

Pennsylvania’s aggressive driving enforcement and education program began 10 years ago in hopes of decreasing the number of drivers speeding, running red lights and tailgating. According to statistics, it’s working. The total number of aggressive driver crashes in the area has decreased by 650 since 2007.

Even with the overall decrease, officers say in this day and age road rage can be deadly.

“Twenty years ago, you never had somebody getting shot at just because of the way they drove or because they may have cut somebody off,” Upper Allen Township police Sergeant Peter Beauduy said. “You might have seen somebody do a hand gesture and that was the extent of it. They cooled off, but today, you just never know.”

You’ll continue to see extra officers on duty on Route 15 to deter aggressive drivers for the next month. So, when you get behind the wheel, remember to breathe and be on your best behavior.

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