A four-hour crackdown on dangerous driving resulted in 118 traffic tickets being issued Friday by 10 Western New York law enforcement agencies.
Maj. Michael J. Cerretto, commander of New York State Police Troop A, said the effort began as a check on motorcyclists but evolved into a wide-ranging effort against dangerous driving, with more than 300 inspections conducted on the more than 2,100 vehicles passing through a Peace Bridge checkpoint.
In addition to the Peace Bridge checkpoint on the Buffalo side of the bridge, motorcyclists and passenger car drivers were stopped for inspections on Interstates 90, 190 and 290, and Routes 5, 33, 219 and 400 during the four-hour initiative.
The 118 vehicle and traffic citations issued during the initiative included tickets for unapproved motorcycle helmets, speeding, unsafe lane changes, driving on the shoulder of the road, driving the wrong way on a highway, aggravated unlicensed driving, and texting and cellphone use while driving. One driver also was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
In addition to State Police Troops A and T (the Thruway unit), other agencies taking part in the initiative were the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bureau, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Amherst, Town of Tonawanda, Hamburg, West Seneca and Orchard Park.
Cerretto said the effort proposed by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee was designed to provide community outreach and education on safety concerns linked to “sharing the road” with motorcyclists who are vulnerable to larger vehicles; to pass out information on state motorcycle-related laws; and to focus on aggressive and dangerous driving behavior by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers that creates increased risks for motorcyclists.