Speeding is Pennsylvania's top traffic violation

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Nov 6, 2017 6:15 PM

Tracy Linn speaks about losing her son, Jake, during a speeding-related crash. (Photo: Rachel McDevitt/WITF)

(Gettysburg) -- Police across the midstate are halfway through an effort to target aggressive driving.

In similar pushes earlier this year, over 70 percent of traffic stops in the south-central region resulted in a speeding citation.

Statewide, speeding violations totaled 65 percent of citations written by municipal police last year. 

Cumberland Township Police in Adams County is among the latest departments to receive grant money to dedicate more time to traffic enforcement.

In the past two weeks, officers say they've written at least 50 tickets for aggressive driving.

That's good news for people like Tracy Linn of York County, who advocates safer driving with the Center for Traffic Safety.

She lost her son, Jake, on January 10th, 2015. She said he was a student at Lebanon Valley College who was riding in the passenger seat as his friend drove. 

"They were on their way to the Park City Mall in Lancaster County," Linn said, "His friend was driving 85 miles per hour, lost control of his car around a small curve, and went into a skid."

The skid ended when the passenger side collided with a tree, killing Jake instantly. Another passenger passed away later that day.

Linn said her simple plea to drivers is to slow down. 

"People think the grief of losing a child only affects mom and dad. I've watched for two and a half years now how Jake's death has affected my entire family," she said.

Last year, police investigated 73 fatal crashes across Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties

Total crashes have generally decreased over the past decade, according to police data.

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