State Police to conduct speeding crackdown

Weeklong campaign will also focus on aggressive and distracted driving

— Troopers will be targeting speeding and aggressive drivers during a weeklong initiative aimed at creating safer roadways.

State Police will hold a “Speed Week” campaign from Thursday, April 17, through the following Thursday, which focuses on increased enforcement of speeding and aggressive driving violations. The campaign, along with year-round enforcement, seeks to reduce speed-related crashes and improve traffic safety. Speeding, along with other violations, will be “heavily enforced” during the campaign, according to police.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said in a statement. “Our troopers are out there on New York roadways doing their part to keep the streets safe, and the public can, too. By following posted speed limits and watching their speed, drivers will increase their chances of making it to their destination safely.”

State Police said aggressive driving behaviors being targeted include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Frequent or unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to signal
  • Tailgating
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Disregarding traffic controls
  • Impaired driving
  • Cell phone or electronic device use

Drivers should expect more troopers on major highways during the campaign, along with unmarked patrol vehicles.

State Police during the prior “Speed Week” in August, officers issued more than 9,600 tickets. Speeding fines range from $45 to $975 and three to 11 points, according to police.

Speeding motorists are a leading cause of deaths on roadways, police said, which on average accounts for one-third of fatal crashes annually.

"Too often families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “During 'Speed Week,' the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk. This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

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