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'Speed Week' officially underway on New York's roads and highways

This coming week, people from all over the country will be flocking to south central New York for the big NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International. However, whether you are a spectator or simply a resident of the area, you will want to do your best to keep one eye on your speedometer and try not to emulate the driving skills of NASCAR's best.

The reason?

This week, law enforcement officials in Troop C's jurisdiction will be devoting significant time and energy into catching speeding motorists on the roads and highways throughout the seven county area.

This campaign against speeding -- referred to as "Speed Week" -- officially started on Monday and is scheduled to end this coming Sunday, the day of the big race. According to law enforcement officials, the primary objective of Speed Week is not just to issue speeding citations, but also to catch those drivers who are breaking other motor vehicle laws.

Interestingly, statistics show that speeding is the leading cause of death on New York's highways and that it plays a contributing factor in nearly a third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state every year.

"Far too often, our troopers witness first-hand the tragic and often needless loss of life resulting from motor vehicle collisions," said Major Kevin Molinari, Troop C Commander. "Many of these highway deaths and injuries result from common but illegal actions such as speeding. We're encouraging the public to think about their driving behavior and comply with speed limits, to help prevent needless tragedies."

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

In addition, you can face points against your license:

  • 3 points for exceeding the posted speed limit by up to 10 mph
  • 4 points for exceeding the posted speed limit by 11 mph to 20 mph
  • 6 points for exceeding the posted speed limit by 21 mph to 30 mph
  • 8 points for exceeding the posted speed limit by 31 mph to 40 mph
  • 11 points for exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 40 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.


WKTV News, "State Police cracking down on speeders as 'Speed Week' campaign kicks off," August 6, 2012

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