YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Starting Monday, New York State Police will begin a traffic enforcement campaign targeting motorists called Speed Week. The week of enforcement will continue until Aug. 14, and coincides with the NASCAR race occurring at Watkins Glen International Raceway on Aug. 14.
According to police, speeding and other traffic violations will be heavily targeted as speed is reportedly the leading cause of fatalities on New Yorks highways.
Major Michael Kopy, a commander in Trook K, said that every available state trooper will be on patrol. Police said they will watch for speeding vehicles, impaired drivers, vehicle occupants not properly buckled and other violations.
Too often, police officers witness first-hand the tragic and often needless loss of life resulting from highway crashes, Major Kopy said. Many of these highway deaths and injuries result from common but illegal actions such as speeding. Were encouraging the public to think about their driving behavior and comply with speed limits, to help prevent needless tragedies.
Kopy added that there is an added benefit of improving fuel economy by reducing your speed. He encouraged all motorists to voluntarily adhere to the laws.
Although aggressive enforcement is essential to saving lives, we encourage motorists to voluntarily comply with New Yorks traffic laws," he said. "By driving within posted speed limits drivers can help ensure safe and uneventful travel for themselves and their families."
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