Statewide speeding crackdown going on through August 12

State and local law enforcement in New York are taking part in a high-visibility enforcement campaign over the weekend and into next week.

At the behest of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Police are teaming up with local police to increase patrols from August 6 through August 12 throughout the state.

The purpose of the enforcement blitz is to curb preventable crashes caused by unsafe speeding. Cuomo’s office says that fatal crashes in New York caused by unsafe speed increase during the summer months with the highest totals in June through September. 

“Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law and they save lives,” said Cuomo. “There is no excuse for driving at high speeds – it’s unnecessary and endangers everyone on the road — and I urge New Yorkers to be smart and slow down because it’s not worth risking lives to save a few seconds on your next commute or trip to the store.”

The speeding enforcement effort will be paired with a public service announcement campaign called “No Excuses” to highlight the dangers of speeding. The New York Department of Transportation will also be using electronic signage to warn drivers to avoid speeding.