A state-wide “Speed Week” campaign by New York State Police is beginning Thursday and running through April 24.
State Police said the effort will be targeted at speeding and aggressive drivers with fines for both reaching up to nearly $1,000 and adding up to 11 points on a driver’s license. Officials promise that during the week-long campaign speeding by all vehicle types and other traffic violations will be “heavily enforced.” Unmarked patrol vehicles will be “out in force” statewide, they warned.
Troopers will be watching for vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, drivers violating the state’s “Move Over Law” for slower vehicles and distracted or impaired drivers. The efforts for the week will involve drivers seeing more troopers on the state’s major highways, but unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force for the campaign. With new legislation in effect against texting while driving, motorists can expect to have their licenses suspended for 120 days on the first offense and revoked for one year for a second offense.
State Police Superintendant Joseph A. D’Amico said the types of aggressive driving troopers will target for the next week include excessive speed, frequent or unsafe lane changes, failure to signal for turns, tailgating, failure to yield the right of way, disregarding traffic controls, impaired driving and cell phone or electronic device use by motorists.