Sheriff’s Office will increase enforcement of speeding next week

Posted 8 August 2023 at 10:20 am

Press Release, Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke

ALBION – During the summer months unsafe speed crashes increase. In order to make our highways safer during the summer, Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke announced the Sheriff’s Office will increase enforcement during Speed Awareness Week (August 14 – 20, 2023).

Speed Awareness Week is a statewide enforcement campaign organized by the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to intensify enforcement effort against speeding drivers and emphasize the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation.

In 2021, over a third (35%) of all traffic fatalities in New York were caused by speeding with 389 people losing their lives and 2,256 people suffering serious injuries in these preventable collisions.

Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all people on the road around them. Data also revealed drivers that speed also tend to engage in other risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seat belt and alcohol impaired driving.

During this enforcement, Sheriff’s deputies will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers with a goal to save lives. When it comes to speeding: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”