BETHLEHEM — The New York State Police, Troop T will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers along the New York State Thruway. The Speed Week campaign runs from Sept. 9-15.
Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York state. In 2013, 352 people were killed and nearly 19,000 injured in speed-related crashes statewide.
During this summer’s “Speed Week,” troopers will be using both marked state police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow troopers to more easily identify motorists who are violating laws while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
Troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating New York’s Move Over law.
Funding for the Speed Week initiative is provided through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
The fines for speeding on 55 mph highway or posted 65 mph zones are as follows:
• 10 mph or less over the limit - Min $45/max $150
• 11- 30 mph over the limit - Min $90/max $300
• 31 mph or more over the limit - Min $180/max $600
• 10 mph or less over the limit - Min $45/max $300
• 11 – 30 mph over the limit - Min $90/max $450
• 31 or more over the limit - Min $180/max $750
• 10 mph or less over the limit - Min $45/max $525
• 11 – 30 mph over the limit - Min $90 /max $675
• 31 or more over the limit - Min $180/max $975
Court surcharges are as follows:
• Town or village courts - $93
• Other courts (city traffic courts, etc.) - $88
Violation point structure:
• 1-10 mph over limit = 3 points
• 11-20 mph over limit = 4 points
• 21 - 30 mph over limit = 6 points
• 30 - 40 mph over limit = 8 points
• More than 40 mph over limit = 11 points (triggers suspension)