State and local law enforcement agencies across New York are conducting a crackdown on speeding, which started yesterday (August 1) and runs through Wednesday of next week (August 7).
Speed Awareness Week is a high visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing speed-related crashes–and efforts such as these may be working.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that fatalities from speed-related crashes in New York dropped more than 15 percent in five years, from 2012 to 2017.
Speed Awareness Week is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
“GTSC is proud to once again support this enforcement campaign that not only raises awareness about the dangers of speeding, but also helps ensure the safety of all those traveling on New York’s roadways,” said DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “It’s simple—slow down to help make sure you and others sharing the road make it to your destinations.”
Throughout the enforcement campaign, an “Obey the sign or pay the fine” public service announcement will be airing on cable networks statewide, highlighting the penalty for speeding.
According to NHTSA, in 2017 there were 9,717 speeding-related fatalities in the U.S. Other research shows fatal crashes in New York caused by unsafe speed increased during the summer months, with the highest totals in July, August, and September.
Over a third of speed-related fatal and personal injury crashes occurred between noon and 6 p.m.