Press Release - 08-01-2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, August 1, 2019
GTSC ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE SPEEDING ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN
Speeding Crackdown to Run from August 1 through August 7
Speeding-Related Fatalities Declined More than 15 Percent from 2012 to 2017
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will be conducting a crackdown on speeding from Thursday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 7. Speed Awareness Week is a high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the incidences of speed-related crashes. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows fatalities from speed-related crashes in New York dropped more than 15 percent from 2012 to 2017.
“GTSC is proud to once again support this enforcement campaign that not only raises awareness about the dangers of speeding, but also helps ensure the safety of all those traveling on New York’s roadways,” said DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “It’s simple—slow down to help make sure you and others sharing the road make it to your destinations.”
Throughout the enforcement campaign, an “Obey the sign or pay the fine” public service announcement will be airing on cable networks statewide, highlighting the penalty for speeding. Speed Awareness Week is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
According to NHTSA, in 2017 there were 9,717 speeding-related fatalities, nationally. Analysis by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College shows fatal crashes in New York caused by unsafe speed increased during the summer months with the highest totals in July, August, and September. Over a third of speed-related fatal and personal injury crashes occurred between noon and 6 p.m.
New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “Our Troopers know all too well the needless tragedies caused by speeding drivers, and it’s a daily priority to combat this reckless behavior. We urge drivers to slow down, put away electronic devices and stay focused on the roads. Responsible driving is a critical part of avoiding crashes and keeping our highways safe.”
Oneida County Sheriff and President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Robert M. Maciol said, “On behalf of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, we encourage everyone to always obey the speed limit and always give yourself enough time to arrive. Our message is simple and to the point – slow down, your family will be waiting for you!”
Town of Greece Police Chief and President of the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police Patrick Phelan said, “It’s unfortunate that despite concerted statewide enforcement efforts, speed continues to be a predominate factor in traffic crashes. We strongly support collaborative and dedicated campaigns like this that combine compelling traffic safety awareness messaging and highly visible enforcement activity.”
The Speed Awareness Week enforcement campaign is part of the GTSC’s ongoing efforts to improve safety on New York roadways. In addition to sponsoring critical training for law enforcement, the GTSC also funds education and enforcement campaigns throughout the year and holds public events to raise awareness on critical traffic safety issues such as safe teen driving, drowsy driving, motorcycle safety,pedestrian safety, and seatbelt use.