Anita Shaffer, 19, was pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police troopers at around 7 p.m. on March 29 in Red Lion, located near Harrisburg. She was issued a summary violation for violating Pennsylvania's Disease Control and Prevention Act of 1955, according to state police.
“In other words, she was not pulled over for violating (the stay-at-home order),” he said, reported the paper. The citation said that she was fined $225 for violating Gov. Tom Wolf's stay-at-home order, which was issued for York County on March 27 before Wolf extended a statewide order April 1.
The citation said that Shaffer “failed to abide by the order of the governor and secretary of health issued to control the spread of a communicable disease, requiring the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses as of 20:00 hours on March 19, 2020."
It added: “To wit, defendant states that she was ‘going for a drive’ after this violation was in effect.”
A spokesman for state troopers added to the Dispatch that two warnings and no citations have been issued other than the one that was given to Shaffer.
“At this time, law enforcement is focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices,” Tarkowski said. “While the order is mandatory, voluntary compliance is preferred."
“I am aware of it but I didn’t know it pertained to just driving," she recalled telling the officer.