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State Police issue nearly 25,000 tickets during ‘Speed Week’ crackdown

The New York State Police today announced that Troopers issued 24,980 total traffic tickets during the special “Speed Week” traffic enforcement campaign. “Speed Week,” which was conducted from Thursday, June 11, 2020, to Wednesday, June 17, 2020, targeted speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving and violations of the Move Over Law. 

Troopers issued 13,131 tickets for speeding, 574 for distracted driving, 294 for Move Over law violations, and arrested 186 people for drunk and impaired driving. State Police also responded to 158 personal injury crashes, including three fatal crashes.

During the June 2019 Speed Week detail, State Police issued 25,097 total tickets, including 13,055 for speeding.

As part of this enforcement detail, Troopers targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.  Troopers watched for impaired and distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who were not properly buckled up, and drivers who violated the Move Over law, which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

The State Police supplemented regular patrols statewide, including the use of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Here are the results of the campaign, broken down by Troop:

Troop

Region

Speed

DWI Arrests

(# of persons)

Distracted Driving

Child Restraint/

Seat Belt

Move Over

Total

Tickets

(includes other violations)

A

Western NY

868

11

69

379

6

1,987

B

North Country

422

10

23

83

4

1,374

C

Southern Tier

907

9

42

308

63

1,917

D

Central NY

927

23

89

475

9

2,452

E

Finger Lakes

495

15

39

113

8

1,410

F

Upper Hudson Valley

1,510

31

91

460

72

3,111

G

Capital Region

966

20

48

118

28

1,862

K

Lower Hudson Valley

3,942

35

52

235

35

5,250

L

Long Island

726

9

43

52

4

1,476

NYC

New York City

82

1

30

184

3

759

T

NYS Thruway

2,286

22

48

133

62

3,382

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