A speed enforcement crackdown is underway across the state by local law enforcement agencies.
The crackdown started on Thursday and will last through Wednesday, Aug. 12, according to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The crackdown will involve state police and other local law enforcement agencies.
“Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law and they save lives,”said Governor Cuomo in a release.
“There is no excuse for driving at high speeds — it’s unnecessary and endangers everyone on the road — and I urge New Yorkers to be smart and slow down because it’s not worth risking lives to save a few seconds on your next commute or trip to the store.”
The high-visibility enforcement is supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. According to reports so far this year, speed was a contributing factor in 34% of fatal crashes from January to May, compared to 30% for the same period last year.
According to state officials, unsafe speeds increase during the summer, and nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities across New York were caused by speeding in 2018. Officials said roughly 42% of those crashes occurred on local roads with speed limits of 55 mph or under.