State police are targeting speeding and agressive drivers through Aug. 17 in an initiative linked to the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
“...we are also using this occasion to remind New Yorkers that off the racetrack, speeding will not be tolerated in this state,” Governor Cuomo said in an Aug. 10 press release. “Speeding is the number one cause of deaths on our roads each year, and it is a dangerous activity that puts everyone at risk. Starting today, the State Police will be increasing enforcement to put the brakes on drivers who ignore the law and speed. So slow down and drive safely or you will be pulled over.”
Police said about one third of all fatal crashes from year to year are the result of speeding.
But that's not all police will be looking for. They'll also keep an eye out for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law.”
“Many of our highway deaths and injuries could be prevented if drivers would comply with speed limits and other rules of the road,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “The New York State Police are committed to enforcing the law on New York’s roadways, but we also need the public’s help. By obeying these rules you can ensure safe and uneventful travel for you and your family.”
Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.