NY state to crack down on speeding with week-long 'enforcement blitz'

Maya Rajamani
August 05, 2020 - 4:31 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Speeding played a role in more fatal crashes in New York in the first half of 2020 than it did during the same time last year — and the state is launching an “enforcement blitz” on Thursday as a result, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. 

Unsafe speed was a factor in 34 percent of New York state’s deadly crashes between January and May of this year, up by 30 percent year-over-year, Cuomo said in a release Wednesday, citing data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College. 

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Starting Thursday, the state will increase patrols on its roads and run public service announcements on TV as part of a week-long “enforcement campaign” aimed at cracking down on speeding, he said. 

“Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law and they save lives,” Cuomo said in a statement. “There is no excuse for driving at high speeds — it’s unnecessary and endangers everyone on the road — and I urge New Yorkers to be smart and slow down, because it’s not worth risking lives to save a few seconds on your next commute or trip to the store."

The number of fatal crashes caused by speeding tends to increase during the summer, his release noted. 

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2018, nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the state were caused by speeding, and among those fatalities, 42 percent occurred on local roads — where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under,” the release said. 

“Furthermore, in 2018, 36 percent of the speed-related fatal and personal injury crashes occurred between noon and 6 p.m.,” it added.