Law enforcement agencies throughout New York are increasing patrols as part of an anti-speeding campaign this week.

New York State’s “Speed Awareness Week” is taking place August 14 — 21 as an effort to curb speeding and reduce crashes throughout the state.

“There are countless risks and tragic consequences to speeding, and I want all New Yorkers to be mindful of the speed limits in your area,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “This enforcement campaign will be crucial not only to catch speeders but also to encourage all drivers to maintain safe speeds on our roadways, and I encourage all New Yorkers to take your time and get to your destination safely.”

During last year’s Speed Awareness Week, police issued 23,087 tickets for speeding and 32,170 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations, such as impaired and distracted driving.

New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said, “Speeding is a dangerous behavior that needlessly results in multiple deaths and serious injuries every year. We urge all drivers to do their part to improve safety by obeying posted speed limits, being attentive, and putting away electronic devices while behind the wheel. Through education and enforcement, the New York State Police will continue to keep irresponsible drivers off the road.”

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