Slow down! Statewide Speed Week Gets Underway In New York

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NEW YORK – New York State has launched a speed awareness campaign aimed at recognizing the dangerous consequences that can come from driving hazardously.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that from July 31 through August 8 there will be a statewide speed awareness week.

Cuomo says that “too often, speeding leads to avoidable and deadly consequences, and it won’t be tolerated. Trying to get to your destination quicker is not worth putting yourself, your passengers, and all those sharing the road in danger.”

This comes after speed related fatal crashes increased by 36 percent in 2020.

According to preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, unsafe speed contributes to hundreds of crashes a year, with numbers increasing

Speed was a contributing factor in 314 fatal crashes in 2020, a jump from the 230 fatal crashes recorded in 2019.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that speeding causes problems such as:

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger
  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries
  • Increased fuel consumption/cos

Law enforcement agencies statewide will be increasing efforts to target speeding throughout the week.


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