This weekend and through June 13, New York State troopers will be out in force cracking down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.
Troopers will use marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles – undercover – as part of the operation dubbed “Speed Week.” The CITE vehicles allow trooper to blend in with every day traffic but can still activate lights and sirens.
“The goal of this campaign, and enforcement year round, is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads,” said Superintendent George P. Beach II. “Obeying the speed limit and driving defensively will reduce the number of fatal accidents and increase safety for everyone on the highway.”
Speed is a contributing factor in nearly a third of all of the fatal crashes in New York. More than 42,000 people die as a result of traffic crashed every year and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages three to 33.
In addition to speeders, troopers will be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law.
Last year, during the Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, more than 600 were for distracted driving, and more than 200 for violations of the Move Over law.
Fines for speeding:
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $150
11 to 30 mph over the limit – min $90/max $300
31 mph or more over the limit – min $180/max $600
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $300
11 to 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $450
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $750
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $525
11 to 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $675
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $975
Town or village courts – $93
Other Courts (city traffic courts, etc.) – $88
Violation Point Structure
1 to 10 mph over limit: 3 points
11 to 20 mph over limit: 4 points
21 to 30 mph over limit: 6 points
30 to 40 mph over limit: 8 points
More than 40 mph over limit: 11 points (triggers suspension)