‘Speed Week’ sends reminder about dangerous driving

Speeding on local roads, or highways, can be dangerous and can out you and loved ones needlessly in harm’s way. As a reminder of this fact, state police will be cracking down on speeders this week, remember not to speed now, rather than after you’ve already been ticketed.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign runs from Aug. 10 through 17 and coincides with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

“This weekend, we are excited to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at The Glen, but we are also using this occasion to remind New Yorkers that off the racetrack, speeding will not be tolerated in this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “Speeding is the number one cause of deaths on our roads each year, and it is a dangerous activity that puts everyone at risk. Starting today, the State Police will be increasing enforcement to put the brakes on drivers who ignore the law and speed. So slow down and drive safely or you will be pulled over.”

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. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

Approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year are the result of speeding. Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up and drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law.”

“Many of our highway deaths and injuries could be prevented if drivers would comply with speed limits and other rules of the road,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “The New York State Police are committed to enforcing the law on New York’s roadways, but we also need the public’s help. By obeying these rules you can ensure safe and uneventful travel for you and your family.”

Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.

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