State Police 'Speed Week' Crackdown Looks To Reduce Accidents

Extra troopers hitting the roads to catch speeders, aggressive drivers.

As NASCAR drivers get set for their upcoming race at Watkins Glen International Raceway, New York’s State Police are kicking off a “Speed Week” of their own – but troopers will only be handing out summonses, not trophies.

State Police Maj. Edward Raso said speeding is the leading cause of fatalities on the state’s highways, with high traffic volumes during the summer increasing the risks to motorists. To keep roads safe, Raso said state troopers throughout New York will be stepping up their speed enforcement efforts from Aug. 8 to 14 ­ ‑ the week that leads up to the Aug. 13-14 race events at Watkins Glen.

“Too often, police officers witness first-hand the tragic and often needless loss of life resulting from highway crashes,” Raso said. “Many of these highway deaths and injuries result from common but illegal actions such as speeding. We’re encouraging the public to think about their driving behavior and comply with speed limits, to help prevent needless tragedies.”

Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily targeted, Raso said, nogting that speed is a contributing factor in about one third of fatal crashes annually. Raso said every available state trooper will be on patrol during Speed Week, watching for speeders, impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up and other traffic violations – with extra troopers assigned to major roads.

 “Although aggressive enforcement is essential to saving lives, we encourage motorists to voluntarily comply with New York’s traffic laws,” Raso said. “By driving within posted speed limits, drivers can help ensure safe and uneventful travel for themselves and their families.”

Raso said that by obeying speed limits, drivers can avoid costly tickets and save on fuel consumption.

The Truth Hurts August 07, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Johan, so I guess what your trying to say is you were too stupid to pass the police exam!
Francis T McVetty August 07, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Come on folks, speeding doesn't kill people. It is the incompetent drivers that do. They are either impatient or distracted. Johan, the troopers have NO say in the posted speed limits. Go tell it to your state senator or house representative> They have to power to raise the speed limit. Your remark about them and their pensions is way out of line. With your attitude, you won't last a week as a trooper. If the state really wanted less accidents on the roadways, it would make the driving test a REAL driving test. Less than 5 minutes in a car with the driving tester, are you kidding? It reminds me of the old joke that they were giving out drivers licenses at Sears. Common courtesy would also help. Have a safe weekend, you all.
Nurse Ratched August 07, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Maybe we should also change the laws regarding assualt, homicide, dwi, and other life savers to accomodate some people...
Francis T McVetty August 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Nurse Ratched, we should NOT be accommodating these offenders!!! How many times do you have to arrest a drunk driver to have his/her license REVOKED? Maybe that is the problem .
Clayton August 10, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Stine wrote "Raise the speed limits to coincide with speeds that people actually travel at rather than the arbitrary limits chosen to turn law abiding drivers into enforcement victims" The state speed limit is 55 mph, and 65 mph where posted. The TSP/SBP are 55mph for a reason- THEY'RE NOT BUILT FOR HIGHER SPEEDS. It has tight curves, limited sight distance (due to elevation changes and curves, narrow shoulders, and the tree line is extremely close to the roadway (Deer). Your post sir is puzzling? How can police officers "turn law abiding drivers into enforcement victims." How are they law abiding if they're speeding? Wouldn't they be one or the other? Speed limits aren't "arbitrary limits chosen" as you posted. They are established by NHTSA studies and recommendations. If Speed week is "just another revenue collection measure disguised as a safety measure." Then why do they announce it before they do it. I'm sorry, but its on you, if you don't duck after I tell you I'm going to punch you in the nose. Lastly, When is the last time you heard of a Trooper issuing a summons for doing 65mph in a 55mph zone, or for even 70 mph? Im willing to bet that most, if not all of speeding tickets issued are for at least 71 mph in a 55mph. That's 16 mph over the speed limit.


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