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Warning: NYS Police crack down on speeding, aggressive drivers during Speed Week

Slow down.

That's the message state police are sending as they step up patrols during a statewide "Speed Week" campaign aimed at cracking down on speeding and aggressive drivers.

"Our top priority, as with all traffic enforcement, is safety," state police Superintendent George P. Beach II said in a news release.

"The public can do their part to keep our streets safe simply by slowing down," the release said. "Follow the posted speed limits, watch your speed and put your electronic devices down. These proactive measures will reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and increase the chances of everyone making it to their destinations safely."

Here are some facts state police shared about how speeding can lead to death or serious injury each year:

Speeding is a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in the state.
More than 42,000 people die in crashes each year on U.S. highways; hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured in crashes each year.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 to 33.
This year's Speed Week continues through Wednesday.

During the campaign, troopers use both marked state police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles to pull over speeding and aggressive drivers.
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