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Route 28 speed trap nets 38 near Springdale exit

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
State police pull over a vehicle along Route 28 near Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, while conducting a speed trap near the Springdale exits.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune - Review
State police pull over a vehicle along Route 28 near Harmar on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, while conducting a speed trap near the Springdale exits.

State police conducted a speed trap near the Springdale on- and off-ramps in both the southbound and northbound lanes of Route 28 on Tuesday.

State police said about 38 vehicles were pulled over in two hours in an area that has been the site of numerous accidents.

“About half of the drivers were charged with driving 80 or more miles an hour,” Trooper Ronald Keston said. Four commercial trucks were pulled over for speeding.

The highest single speed was 88 mph, he said.

“The basic fine and fees would push the cost to a couple hundred dollars,” the trooper said.

Some of the drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license.

State police selected a location with the highest traffic crash volume, state police Lt. Daniel W. Ekis said.

He said a trooper in an unmarked car helped with the arrests.

According to PennDOT statistics, there were 312 crashes on the Route 28 expressway between Harmar (Exit 11) and Tarentum (Exit 14) from January 2012 to December 2016. They resulted in 128 injuries, including one fatality.

Nationwide, speeding killed 9,557 people in 2015, the most recent data available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That was 27 percent of all fatal crashes in 2015, according to NHTSA's Edward Dao.

The total includes 540 deaths in Pennsylvania, Dao said. The 2016 numbers aren't yet available.

For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in about a third of all motor vehicle fatalities, he said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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