Governor Hochul announces statewide effort to prevent speeding

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that law enforcement across New York State will increase patrols to target speeding offenders from August 14-21. caused by dangerous speed.

“Speeding carries countless risks and tragic consequences, and I want all New Yorkers to be aware of speed limits in your area,” Governor Hochul said. “This enforcement campaign will be crucial not only to catch speeders, but also to encourage all drivers to maintain safe speeds on our roads, and I encourage all New Yorkers to take their time and to get to your destination safely.”

According to preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University of Rockefeller College at Albany, dangerous speed contributed to 353 fatal crashes in 2021, compared to 317 fatal crashes in 2020, an increase of 11%. . Last year’s 353 fatal crashes claimed 389 lives, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

During last year’s Speeding Awareness Week, law enforcement across the state issued 23,087 speeding tickets and 32,170 tickets for other traffic violations. the road and vehicles, such as impaired driving and distraction.

Throughout the application campaign, a “speed catches up with you” Message of public interest will air on broadcast and cable networks statewide, highlighting the speeding penalty. Additionally, the State Department of Transportation will have variable message signs alerting motorists to the dangers of speeding.

The data shows fatal crashes in New York caused by dangerous increases in speed during the summer months with the highest totals from June through October. According to National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all road fatalities nationwide in 2020. Additionally, NHTSA says speeding is the cause:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
  • Increased stopping distance after driver perceives danger
  • Increased severity of crashes resulting in more serious injuries
  • Increase in fuel consumption/cost

Mark JF Schroeder, Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Chairman of the Governor’s Highway Safety Committee, said: “GTSC is proud to support this enforcement campaign, once again, to not only raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, but also to keep everyone who travels on New York’s roads safe.”

New York State Sheriffs Association President Thomas Dougherty said: “When it comes to speeding, the risk is not worth it. You may arrive at your destination seconds earlier, but you are much more likely to be involved in an accident if you speed. Accidents Speed-related injuries often lead to injuries and worse. NYC Sheriffs want you to enjoy your summer trips safely, so obey the speed limit.”

New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Patrick Phelan said: “It is more important than ever that police departments focus their efforts on traffic control. With the number of traffic fatalities on the rise, proper traffic control measures can and will save lives.”

New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said: “Speeding is a dangerous behavior that unnecessarily leads to several deaths and serious injuries each year. We urge all drivers to do their part to improve safety by obeying posted speed limits, being attentive and putting away electronic devices behind the wheel “Through education and enforcement, the New York State Police will continue to keep irresponsible drivers off the road.”

About GTSC
Combined with education and enforcement campaigns, GTSC coordinates various road safety activities throughout the year and supports ongoing initiatives to improve pedestrian, motorcycle and bicycle safety. The GTSC also sponsors essential training for law enforcement, provides resources for teen drivers and their parents, and promotes seat belt use statewide.

For more information on traffic safety in New York State, please visit the GTSC website at https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/.