PA State Police Issue 75,507 Tickets Under Traffic-Safety Programs

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania State Police Department

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania State Police
 Commissioner Paul J. Evanko today reported that State Police ticketed more
 than 75,000 traffic-law violators last year as part of the department's
 Operation Centipede and TAG-D highway-safety enforcement programs -- an
 increase of more than 3 percent over 1999.
     "The Ridge Administration has made public safety a top priority, and our
 troopers are working hard to keep our highways safe by focusing on aggressive
 and speeding drivers," Col. Evanko said.
     "These highway-safety programs are designed to increase traffic-law
 enforcement in high-crash areas.  Our goal is not to write tickets, but to
 reduce the number of crashes in those areas and save lives."
     Col. Evanko said troopers issued 55,263 citations, including 43,393
 speeding tickets, under Operation Centipede during 2000.  They also issued
 20,244 citations, 10,574 of them for speeding, as part of the TAG-D program
 last year.
     The total of 75,507 citations issued through the two programs during 2000
 represented an increase of 3.6 percent over the 1999 total of 72,875
 citations, Col. Evanko said.
     In Operation Centipede, troopers use multiple speed-enforcement zones
 short distances apart.  The program is aimed at drivers who speed up after
 passing a stationary patrol using radar.
     In the Ticket the Aggressive Driver program, or TAG-D, troopers focus on
 motorists who tailgate, change lanes without signaling, speed, and engage in
 other aggressive driving behaviors.
     Both Operation Centipede and TAG-D were initiated in 1997.  He said 49,720
 personnel hours were expended on the programs last year.
     "Law-enforcement efforts can only do so much to reduce or eliminate
 crashes," Col. Evanko said.  "I urge all drivers to obey traffic laws and
 extend courtesy to other motorists.  That's the most effective way to prevent
 injuries and save lives on the highway."
 
     CONTACT:  Jack J. Lewis or Cpl. Lucien R. Southard, both of Pennsylvania
 State Police Department, 717-783-5556.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania State Police
 Commissioner Paul J. Evanko today reported that State Police ticketed more
 than 75,000 traffic-law violators last year as part of the department's
 Operation Centipede and TAG-D highway-safety enforcement programs -- an
 increase of more than 3 percent over 1999.
     "The Ridge Administration has made public safety a top priority, and our
 troopers are working hard to keep our highways safe by focusing on aggressive
 and speeding drivers," Col. Evanko said.
     "These highway-safety programs are designed to increase traffic-law
 enforcement in high-crash areas.  Our goal is not to write tickets, but to
 reduce the number of crashes in those areas and save lives."
     Col. Evanko said troopers issued 55,263 citations, including 43,393
 speeding tickets, under Operation Centipede during 2000.  They also issued
 20,244 citations, 10,574 of them for speeding, as part of the TAG-D program
 last year.
     The total of 75,507 citations issued through the two programs during 2000
 represented an increase of 3.6 percent over the 1999 total of 72,875
 citations, Col. Evanko said.
     In Operation Centipede, troopers use multiple speed-enforcement zones
 short distances apart.  The program is aimed at drivers who speed up after
 passing a stationary patrol using radar.
     In the Ticket the Aggressive Driver program, or TAG-D, troopers focus on
 motorists who tailgate, change lanes without signaling, speed, and engage in
 other aggressive driving behaviors.
     Both Operation Centipede and TAG-D were initiated in 1997.  He said 49,720
 personnel hours were expended on the programs last year.
     "Law-enforcement efforts can only do so much to reduce or eliminate
 crashes," Col. Evanko said.  "I urge all drivers to obey traffic laws and
 extend courtesy to other motorists.  That's the most effective way to prevent
 injuries and save lives on the highway."
 
     CONTACT:  Jack J. Lewis or Cpl. Lucien R. Southard, both of Pennsylvania
 State Police Department, 717-783-5556.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania State Police Department