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New York law enforcement hitting the road for 'Speed Week'

You may want to keep one eye on your speedometer for the remainder of the week as law enforcement agencies will be devoting significant time and energy into catching speeding motorists on New York's many streets, highways and freeways.

This statewide campaign against speeding - referred to as "Speed Week" - officially started on Monday and is slated to end this coming Sunday.

"Some of the speed enforcement details will be stationary, meaning we'll have a fixed position using laser or radar on passing cars," said Major Ed Raso of Troop F. "Troopers will also be using moving radar as they patrol the roads."

According to law enforcement officials, the primary objective of Speed Week is not just to issue speeding citations, but also to raise awareness about the dangers of speeding.

"We're encouraging the public to think about their driving behavior and comply with speed limits to help prevent needless tragedy," said Raso.

Statistics from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles show that speeding plays a contributing factor in nearly 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state.

In addition, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that fatal traffic accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the nation, constituting more than a third of all teen fatalities.

It is important for motorists of any age to remember that a speeding ticket can result in serious consequences, including court surcharges, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time.

In addition, you can face potentially lofty fines:

  • $45-$150 for exceeding the posted speed limit by up to 10 mph
  • $90-$300 for exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 10mph but less than 30 mph per hour
  • $180-$600 for exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 30 mph

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Related Resources:

Democrat and Chronicle "Troopers crack down on speeders this week" Aug. 8, 2011

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