The State Police is reminding everyone to drive safely this holiday weekend. The State Police will have extra patrols on the road enforcing DWI, speed, distracted driving, seat belt and general vehicle and traffic safety.
Please drive sober, obey the posted speed limit, drive hands free, wear your seatbelt and move over for any emergency vehicle with its flashing lights on.
Enjoy your weekend and arrive to your destination safely.
Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the University at Albany, in 2018, 267 people were killed and 17,806 were injured in New York State in speed-related crashes.
According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the University at Albany, drunk driving killed 295 people and injured 5,340 others in New York State during 2018. Another 314 people were killed in drug-related crashes.
Of the 37,133-people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47% were not wearing seat belts. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts. According to NHTS (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists. NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roads safe. According to NHTS (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.