June 21, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Results of "Speed Week" Campaign to Crack Down on Speeding and Aggressive Drivers

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The New York State Police Issue more than 21,000 Tickets during the Week-Long Campaign

Initiative Funded Through the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Police issued 21,864 tickets during the June "Speed Week" campaign. The special traffic enforcement period to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers was held June 7 through June 13, 2017. State Troopers ticketed 9,456 drivers for speeding, arrested 268 people for DWI and investigated 315 personal injury accidents, which resulted in 412 people injured.

"Reckless driving can lead to tragedy and potential life altering consequences for drivers and passengers on New York's roadways," Governor Cuomo said. "I applaud the State Police and their partners in law enforcement for keeping dangerous drivers accountable and for their continued commitment to making our streets safer."

During the June 2016 Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, more than 600 were for distracted driving, and more than 200 for violations of the Move Over law.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "We hope campaigns such as this will make motorists think twice about making dangerous decisions behind the wheel. We urge all motorists to make safety their top priority, drive sober, wear a seat belt and put away their smart phones. By doing so, they will help to prevent needless tragedies."

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also watched for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who were not properly buckled up, and drivers who violated the "Move Over Law," which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued:

Distracted Driving

695

Seatbelt Violations

1,346

Move Over Law

383

The State Police supplemented regular patrols statewide, including fixed sobriety checkpoints and underage drinker initiatives by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.


The results of the campaign broken down by Troop:

Troop

Region

DWI Arrests
(# of persons)

Speed

Distracted Driving

Child Restraint/
Seat Belt

Move Over

Total
Tickets
(includes other violations)

A

Western NY

15

860

64

198

7

2,132

B

North Country

11

481

29

60

24

1,501

C

Southern Tier

14

775

33

65

48

1,534

D

Central NY

34

724

65

139

28

2,056

E

Finger Lakes

17

920

78

173

35

2,181

F

Upper Hudson Valley

44

1,337

84

143

46

2,734

G

Capital Region

35

1,014

93

169

19

2,326

K

Lower Hudson Valley

47

953

88

102

48

2,254

L

Long Island

30

535

80

121

9

1,820

T

NYS Thruway

21

1,857

81

177

99

3,326

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