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State police launch ‘Speed Week’ to crack down on reckless driving

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Police will focus on speeding and aggressive driving during a weeklong traffic enforcement initiative. The “Speed Week” crackdown begins Monday, June 3, 2024, and runs through Sunday, June 9, 2024. During this period, additional patrols will be deployed to monitor highway work zones and enforce New York’s “Move Over” Law.

“Speeding and reckless driving are major risks on our roads, leading to many fatal crashes each year in New York,” said Governor Hochul. “We urge everyone to prioritize safety, obey speed limits, avoid distractions, and move over for emergency and highway workers.”

State Police Superintendent Steven G. James emphasized that the campaign aims to reduce speed-related accidents and promote safer travel. State Troopers will be highly visible and will use marked vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to catch violators.

In 2022, speeding contributed to nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in New York. During the June 2023 Speed Week, State Troopers issued 20,952 traffic tickets, including 10,478 for speeding and 516 for distracted driving.

Speeding fines in New York range from $45 for minor infractions to $600 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 mph.