State Police announce start of “Speed Week” enforcement campaign



George P. Beach II



Beau Duffy
Director of Public Information 

(518) 457-2180



The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign runs today through Tuesday, August 8.
New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “The goal of this campaign and our traffic enforcement efforts all year is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Staying within the posted speed limits, driving defensively, and putting your smart phone away will reduce the number of fatal accidents and increase safety for everyone on the highway.”
Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. In 2015, 343 people were killed and 18,191 people were injured in speed-related crashes statewide.
During this summer’s Speed Week, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are violating laws while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement. Troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law.
During the August 2016 Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,600 traffic tickets, including 10,500 tickets for speeding, and nearly 650 for distracted driving.
Funding for the Speed Week initiative is provided through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
The fines for speeding on 55 mph highway or posted 65 mph zones are as follows:
10 mph or less over the limit - min $45/max $150
11- 30 mph over the limit - min $90/max $300
31 mph or more over the limit - min $180/max $600
Second Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit - min $45/max $300
11 - 30 over the limit - min $90 /max $450
31 or more over the limit - min $180/max $750
Third Conviction
10 mph or less over the limit - min $45/max $525
11 - 30 over the limit - min $90 /max $675
31 or more over the limit - min $180/max $975
Court Surcharges are as follows:
Town or village courts - $93
Other Courts (city traffic courts, etc.) - $88
Violation Point Structure:
1-10 mph over limit = 3 points
11-20 mph over limit = 4 points
21 - 30 mph over limit = 6 points
30 - 40 mph over limit = 8 points
More than 40 mph over limit = 11 points (triggers suspension)