Running late to work? You had better resist the urge to speed because officers will be out and about starting Thursday cracking down on those driving too fast.
Westchester County Police are participating in a speeding enforcement campaign that begins today across New York State.
The stepped-up enforcement by County Police will take place on the Bronx River, Cross County, Hutchinson River and Saw Mill River parkways as well as in Cortlandt and Mount Kisco.
The enforcement campaign, sponsored by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), will target locations where data analysis shows speeding to be a leading cause of accidents. The statewide campaign will take place from today through Aug. 7.
“Speeding is often the primary factor responsible for crashes that cause fatalities or serious injuries,” Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said. “The enforcement that our officers conduct is essential to reducing accidents, saving lives and keeping the public safe.”
Gleason noted that the County Police enforce speed limits all year round but additional officers will be assigned to the task this week.
According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Council:
· Nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in New York in 2017 were caused by speeding; 308 people lost their lives in these preventable collisions.
· The number of fatal crashes caused by unsafe speed increases in July, August, and September.
· 36% of speed-related fatal or serious injury accidents in 2017 occurred between noon and 6 p.m.
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s traffic safety committee, August of 2016 was the deadliest month for speed-related crashes in New York. Nearly 40 people were killed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says three out of every ten drivers are self-professed “speeders.”
During this same enforcement campaign time in 2017, New York State Police issued more than 21,000 tickets, the bulk of those for speeding. Police also issued hundreds of tickets to drivers who were distracted or impaired.