Speed Awareness Week, Encourages New Yorkers To Slow Down

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will be increasing patrols to target speeding from August 14th through the 21st.

Speed awareness week begins on Sunday. New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Saturday, it is a high-visibility enforcement campaign supported by the state’s Traffic Safety Committee to stop speeding and help prevent crashes caused by unsafe speed.

“There are countless risks and tragic consequences to speeding, and I want all New Yorkers to be mindful of the speed limits in your area,” Hochul said.

According to preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 353 fatal crashes in 2021, compared to 317 fatal crashes in 2020, which is an 11 percent increase.

The 353 fatal crashes last year resulted in 389 deaths including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

“This enforcement campaign will be crucial not only to catch speeders but also to encourage all drivers to maintain safe speeds on our roadways, and I encourage all New Yorkers to take their time and get to your destination safely,” Hochul said.


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