NY State Police Issue Nearly 21,000 Tickets During ‘Speed Week’ Crackdown


The New York State Police has announced that Troopers issued 20,952 total traffic tickets during the special “Speed Week” traffic enforcement campaign. “Speed Week,” which was conducted from Monday, June 12, 2023, to Sunday, June 18, 2023, targeted speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving and violations of the Move Over Law.

Troopers issued 10,478 tickets for speeding, 516 for distracted driving, 375 for Move Over law violations, and arrested 172 people for drunk and impaired driving. State Police also responded to 175 personal injury crashes, including two fatal crashes.

During the June 2022 Speed Week detail, State Police issued 22,333 total tickets, including 11,566 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.

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  1. It really should be against the law for police to do these things. It doesn’t do anything for the safety of the citizens in the long term, and it just takes hard-earned money from us and gives it to utter nonsense. It should also be set as a law that cops cannot control traffic using unmarked cars, since the function of police in terms of traffic safety is to create an enforcing presence, not to “catch” people. But we don’t live in a perfect world…

  2. Speeding is an easy target to catch, and is thus used massively as a cash cow.
    But, unlike what the various ads try to tell you, speeding is NOT the cause of accidents. Speeding exacerbates the damage caused during an accident as the kinetic energy of the speed translates into mass, making the impact worse. So while driving at a normal, safe speed is definitely something that should be done, other factors, which are harder to police and ticket are the cause of accidents. Let’s list a few:
    Tailgating/not keeping proper distance: Staying too close to the car ahead means you don’t have time to react if the car brakes. This is actually one of the largest causes of accidents. But because it’s very difficult to police and there are no automated systems that can check that (unlike red-light and speed cameras), it’s not targeted enough.
    Distracted driving: Self-understood…
    Aggressive driving: Cutting ahead, constantly switching lanes, passing on the right, and more makes it more likely to lose control over the car and for other drivers to get confused and react badly.
    Traffic signals: Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, cutting the red light, not yielding to traffic or pedestrians are a sure way to cause crashes.

    And pedestrians are not exempt!
    Crossing on red, jaywalking (crossing the street where there is no crossing), walking on the road instead of the sidewalk, cutting between cars, etc. All these make it much more likely to get hit!

  3. It’s unfortunate to notice many of our own driving while conversing on cellphones, parking in no parking areas, and blinding fellow drivers with their high beams at night, often without remorse – refusing to switch these off even after being signaled about them. Seems the local police in upstate towns don’t care to notice. How about a ticketing campaign called ‘Shtuch the scofflaws week’.