TOWANDA - For the second year in a row, the Towanda Borough Police Department has been conducting an enforcement campaign to crack down on aggressive driving.

The campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the state Department of Transportation, Towanda Police Sgt. David Lantz said.

The money pays for police officers to work overtime hours to issue citations for violations such as speeding, following too closely, driving through red lights and stop signs, and reckless and careless driving, he said. The officers also look for seat belt violations while doing the aggressive driving enforcement, he said.

This year, the crackdown on aggressive diving is taking place in three phases.

During the first phase, which took place from March 18 to April 28, the Towanda police officers together worked a total of 50 hours on the enforcement, during which they issued 49 citations, including 19 for speeding, five for careless or reckless driving, three for seat belt violations, one for following too closely, and 21 for other violations, according to written information provided by the police department.

While conducting the aggressive driving enforcement during the first phase, the officers also made five DUI arrests and arrested one individual on a warrant, Lantz said.

Warnings were also issued during Phase I, he said.

Currently, the police department is in the second phase of the program, which began in the second week of July and continues through Aug. 15, he said.

The third phase will take place this fall.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.