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New York State Police step up enforcement for ‘Speed Week’

Posted 17 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Press release, New York State Police

The New York State Police began a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive driving across the state. This year’s “Speed Week” campaign runs through next Wed., April 22. The goal of this campaign is to reduce speed-related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “The public can do their part to keep our streets safe simply by slowing down. We want everyone to follow the posted speed limits and to watch their speed. These actions will increase a driver’s chances of making it to their destination safely.”

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes each year. Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law.”

Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are violating the vehicle and traffic law. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

If someone feels another driver is endangering the public on the road, they have the option of calling 911.

During the last “Speed Week” campaign from Aug. 6, 2014 to Aug. 12, 2014, State Police issued more than 22,000 tickets.

The fines for speeding on 55 mph Highway or Posted 65 mph zones are as follows:

10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $150
11- 30 mph over the limit – min $90/max $300
31 mph or more over the limit – min $180/max $600

Second Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $300
11 – 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $450
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $750

Third Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit – min $45/max $525
11 – 30 over the limit – min $90 /max $675
31 or more over the limit – min $180/max $975

Court Surcharges are as follows:
Town or village courts – $93
Other Courts (city traffic courts, etc.) – $88

Violation Point Structure:
1-10 mph over limit = 3 points
11-20 mph over limit = 4 points
21 – 30 mph over limit = 6 points
30 – 40 mph over limit = 8 points
over 40 mph over limit = 11 points (triggers suspension)