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

NYSP news release

ALBANY, NY —  The New York State Police today announced that Troopers issued 25,199 total traffic tickets during the special “Speed Week” traffic enforcement campaign. “Speed Week,” which was conducted from Monday, August 15, 2022, to Sunday, August 21, 2022, targeted speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving and violations of the Move Over Law.

Troopers issued 14,008 tickets for speeding, 531 for distracted driving, 476 for Move Over law violations, and arrested 214 people for drunk and impaired driving. State Police also responded to 206 personal injury crashes, including five fatal crashes.

During the August 2021 Speed Week detail, State Police issued 32,922 total tickets, including 18,358 for speeding. In 2021, “Speed Week” ran for a total of 9 days opposed to 7 days in 2022 and 518 tickets were issued per day in 2021 compared to 631 tickets issued per day in 2022.

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 1,331 18 42 84 7 2,367
B North Country 466 7 16 22 15 1,142
C Southern Tier 1,491 10 23 57 108 2,296
D Central NY 1,086 10 44 67 22 2,089
E Finger Lakes 1,064 21 48 92 17 2,080
F Upper Hudson Valley 1,603 51 53 90 62 2,920
G Capital Region 1,394 25 30 36 69 2,205
K Lower Hudson Valley 2,495 32 23 99 53 3,550
L Long Island 758 18 85 79 12 1,879
NYC New York City 397 6 80 52 1 1,246
T NYS Thruway 1,923 16 87 108 110 3,425