Press Release - 07-31-2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Contacts:
Lisa Koumjian
Lisa.Koumjian@dmv.ny.gov

 

GTSC ANNOUNCES “SPEED WEEK” ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN AUGUST 1

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announced that law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will be conducting a crackdown on speeding on state and local roadways, starting Wednesday, August 1, and running through Tuesday, August 7.  In 2016, August was the deadliest month for speed-related crashes in New York State, claiming 39 lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 3 out of every 10 drivers are self-professed “speeders.”

During last year’s enforcement campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), State Police issued 21,148 tickets. Troopers issued 9,205 tickets for speeding, 348 for distracted driving and arrested 234 people for driving while impaired. State Police also responded to 268 personal injury crashes, which resulted in five fatalities and 393 people injured.

Speeding played a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes across the country, according to an analysis of 2016 data by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In New York, the data showed, speeding was a factor in 31 percent of the 1,025 fatal crashes. A total of 314 people lost their lives in these preventable collisions.

Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting GTSC Chair, said “GTSC is proud to again sponsor this enforcement campaign because reducing crashes and keeping motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists safe is why we exist. The best way to avoid a ticket, fines and points on your license is to obey the signs and stay within the legal limits.”

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Studies have shown – speeding kills. During this campaign, and year round, we will work to reduce this kind of dangerous driving. We want drivers to slow down, put the electronic devices away and pay attention out on our roads. Attentive, responsible, defensive driving is the key to avoiding crashes and keeping our roads and highways safe for all that travel them.”

Wayne County Sheriff Barry C. Virts, President of the New York State Sheriffs Association, said, “On behalf of the New York State Sheriffs, my solution to stop speeding is simply…drive as if it was your neighborhood thinking of the safety of your children, grandchildren and/or yourself. Slow down and arrive alive!”

Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck, Immediate Past President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, said “Our law enforcement agencies are unified in supporting the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Speed Awareness Week Enforcement Mobilization that will take place the first week of August. It’s unfortunate that despite extensive statewide enforcement efforts, speed continues to be a predominate factor in traffic crashes, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. Collaborative and dedicated traffic safety campaigns like this that combine strong traffic safety awareness messaging and high-visibility enforcement efforts is a recipe for success in addressing this deadly problem; this also enhances existing programs in making roadways safer for everyone. So please remember during this mobilization, and throughout the year, to slow down and ‘OBEY THE SIGN or PAY THE FINE’!”

For more information about traffic safety in New York State, please visit the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov.

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