New York State Police have announced that they’ll amp up patrols as part of a special enforcement effort starting this week.
Starting Thursday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 17, New York State Police will be conducting an enforcement effort dubbed “Speed Week.” Troopers will be patrolling looking for aggressive driving behaviors by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers.
Troopers say that during Speed Week, they’ll be looking for speeding violations in addition to distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law, especially in highway work zones.
In addition to marked police vehicles, troopers will also be using unmarked “Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement” (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation.
During last year’s Speed Week, troopers handed out 24,770 total tickets, including 13,016 for speeding, 571 for distracted driving, and 416 for violations of the Move Over law.
New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said,“Speeding is a significant safety hazard on our highways, which often results in tragic consequences. We urge all motorists to obey posted speed limits and eliminate distractions while behind the wheel. Troopers will be highly visible this week and throughout the summer to ensure all motorists are obeying posted speed limits and driving safely.”