Statewide effort to prevent speeding
Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:35 PM
Speed Awareness Week runs from August 14-21
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that law enforcement across New York State will increase patrols to target speeding offenders Aug. 14-21. Speeding Awareness Week is a high-visibility law enforcement campaign supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Committee to stop speeding and prevent avoidable crashes caused by dangerous speeding.
“Speeding carries countless risks and tragic consequences, and I want all New Yorkers to be aware of speed limits in your area,” Hochul said. “This enforcement campaign will be crucial not only to catch speeders, but also to encourage all drivers to maintain a safe speed on our roads – and I encourage all New Yorkers to take their time and to get to your destination safely.”
According to preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University of Rockefeller College at Albany, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 353 fatal crashes in 2021, up from 317 fatal crashes in 2020, an increase by 11%. Last year’s 353 fatal crashes claimed 389 lives, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
During last year’s Speeding Awareness Week, law enforcement across the state issued 23,087 speeding tickets and 32,170 tickets for other traffic violations. the road and vehicles, such as impaired driving and distraction.
Throughout the enforcement campaign, a “Speed is Catching Up With You” public service announcement will air on broadcast and cable networks throughout the state, highlighting the speeding penalty. Additionally, the New York State Department of Transportation will have variable message signs alerting motorists to the dangers of speeding.
Hochul’s team said the data shows fatal crashes in New York caused by dangerous increases in speed during the summer months with the highest totals from June through October. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities nationwide in 2020. Additionally, NHTSA says speeding causes:
√ Increased potential for loss of vehicle control;
√ Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
√ Increase in the stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger;
√ Increase in the severity of collisions leading to more serious injuries; and
√ Increased fuel consumption/cost.
Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and GTSC Chairman Mark JF Schroeder said, “The GTSC is proud to support this enforcement campaign, once again, to not only raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, but also to ensure the safety of all who travel on New York’s roads. “
New York State Sheriffs Association President Thomas Dougherty said, “When it comes to speeding, the risk is not worth the reward. You may arrive at your destination seconds earlier, but you’re much more likely to be involved in an accident when speeding. Speeding accidents often lead to injuries and worse. NYC Sheriffs want you to enjoy your summer travels safely, so obey the speed limit.
New York State Association of Police Chiefs Executive Director Patrick Phelan said, “It’s more important than ever that police departments focus their efforts on traffic enforcement. . With the number of road deaths on the rise, proper enforcement action can and will save lives.
New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said, Speeding is dangerous behavior that unnecessarily results in multiple deaths and serious injuries each 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 driving. Through education and enforcement, New York State Police will continue to keep irresponsible drivers off the road.
Combined with education and enforcement campaigns, GTSC coordinates various road safety activities throughout the year and supports ongoing initiatives to improve pedestrian, motorcycle and bicycle safety. The GTSC also sponsors essential training for law enforcement, provides resources for teen drivers and their parents, and promotes seat belt use statewide.
For more information on traffic safety in New York, visit the GTSC website at https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/.