The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced that law enforcement agencies throughout New York State will be conducting a crackdown on speeding on state and local roadways, starting today (August 1st) and running through Tuesday, August 7th.
During the Speed Awareness Week, the Village of Homer Police Department is a release said they’ll intensify enforcement of posted speed limits and stop and ticket anyone caught speeding—especially on North and South Main St. (Route 11), Clinton St. (Route 41) and North West St. (Route 281).
In 2016, August was the deadliest month for speed-related crashes in New York State, claiming 39 lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 3 out of every 10 drivers are self-professed “speeders.”
During last year’s enforcement campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), State Police issued 21,148 tickets. Troopers issued 9,205 tickets for speeding, 348 for distracted driving and arrested 234 people for driving while impaired. State Police also responded to 268 personal injury crashes, which resulted in five fatalities and 393 people injured.
Speeding played a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes across the country, according to an analysis of 2016 data by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In New York, the data showed, speeding was a factor in 31 percent of the 1,025 fatal crashes. A total of 314 people lost their lives in these preventable collisions.