New York State Police are warning residents that they will conduct a four-day speeding and aggressive drivers initiative across the state, including St. Lawrence County.
“Additional Troop B patrols will be focused on speeding and aggressive driving behaviors during ‘Speed Week’.” Troop B Commander Major Richard C. Smith Jr. said.
During the Aug. 2013 Speed Week campaign, troopers issued nearly 25,000 traffic tickets. More than 9,000 of the tickets were for speeding and more than 2,300 were distracted driving related.
Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 people die as the result of traffic crashes each year on our nation’s highways, and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured.
“Their (police) presence will be readily apparent and their focus will be on you should you choose not to obey the posted speed limit. So slow down and enjoy all the summer has to offer by being safe on the roadways,” Smith said.
The summer “Speed Week” campaign runs from Aug. 7 to 10 and coincides with the NASCAR racing event scheduled those days at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
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. Drivers can expect to see more troopers and unmarked patrol vehicles on major highways during this detail, officials said.
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.”