FREDONIA, NY (WNY News Now) – Local law enforcement are taking part in a nationwide speed enforcement crackdown on U.S. Route 20.
The effort targets reducing speed related crashes on non-interstate highways. Launched by the Iowa State Patrol, each year on Tuesday, March 14 drivers can expect to see increased patrols on Route 20.
U.S. Highway 20 spans over 3,300 miles coast to coast. In Chautauqua County, Route 20 runs parallel to Lake Erie through several towns and villages, many of which are residential and school areas.
New York State Police will be using both marked unmarked police vehicles to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law.
“Speeding contributes to over one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities across the nation,” said New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli in a statement. “Keeping our roadways safe for all is one of our top priorities, and partnering with law enforcement agencies across the county to support initiatives like this are vital to raising awareness about the dangers of speeding and reckless driving. It reminds motorists to be mindful of the speed limit, be alert and aware of their surroundings, and to slow down.”
This is the second time New York State Police is participating in the campaign. In addition to New York, other participating states include Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 11,200 people were killed in speed-related accidents across the country in 2020 and speeding contributed to 29 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.