Author: Cynthia Diaz Shephard/Fri, Apr 18, 2014/Categories: Blog

NE CONSORTIUMNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo just announced that the New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative—so-called “Speed Week”—that will be targeting aggressive and speeding drivers state-wide.

Drivers may face up to a $1,000 fine and 11 points on their driver’s license for speeding or aggressive driving. The “Speed Week” campaign will be conducted from April 17 through April 24, 2014.

“Too often, families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” said Governor Cuomo. “During Speed Week, the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk. This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

The goal of Speed Week, as well as during year-round enforcement, is to cut down speed related crashes while also improving safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads, according to the governor’s office. Speeding violations by all types of vehicles, and other types of traffic violations, will be under increased enforcement during the campaign, as well as throughout the year. State troopers will also be on the look-out for improperly buckled occupants, drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” and distracted or impaired drivers.

During the 2013 “Speed Week” campaign, which ran from August 10 to August 17, State Police issued more than 9,600 fines. For speeding, fines range from $45 to $975 and three to 11 points, depending on the rate of speed. Speed continues to be among the leading causes of roadway deaths, comprising about one-third of all fatal crashes yearly.

This year’s New York State Budget also includes legislation to help make the roads in New York safer. Legislation will increase efforts to minimize texting while driving by young drivers. Should a young or new driver be convicted of texting while driving, he or she will receive a 120-day driver’s license suspension for the first offense, and a revoked license for at least one year for the second offense.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “Our Troopers are out there on New York roadways doing their part to keep the streets safe, and the public can too. By following posted speed limits and watching their speed, drivers will increase their chances of making it to their destination safely.”

Drivers may expect to see more troopers on major highways during the campaign; unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.
Aggressive driving behaviors that State Troopers will target include:

  • Cell phone, electronic device use
  • Excessive speed
  • Disregarding traffic controls
  • Failure to signal
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Frequent, unsafe lane changes
  • Impaired driving
  • Tailgating

Also, when it comes to aggressive driving, NY State Police suggest that you remain calm; keep your distance; change lanes once it is safe, but do not jump lanes without looking; and do not pass unless absolutely necessary. The police also point out that there is a difference between aggressive driving and so called “road rage.” Road Rage, which may involve using the vehicle as a weapon or physically assaulting a driver or his or her vehicle, is not considered aggressive driving. Road Rage is considered a criminal offense, and there are laws in place to handle these violent crimes.

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