The results of the state police’s recent “Speed ââWeek” enforcement campaign are in, with more than 25,000 tickets issued statewide for dangerous driving between the 15th and 21st. august.
Police said 14,008 tickets were issued for speeding, 531 for distracted driving and 476 for so-called Move-Over Act violations, while 214 were arrested for drunk and impaired driving. weakened.
The highest number of speeding tickets were issued in the Lower Hudson Valley region (2,495) and on the New York State Thruway (1,923), compared to Long Island roads (758) and New York (397) â while Long Island (87) and New York (80) had two of the three highest totals for distracted driving behind the Thruway (87). A total of 1,879 tickets were issued on Long Island, 1,246 on New York. The Lower Hudson Valley (3,550), Thruway (3,425) and Upper Hudson Valley (2,920) all had the highest number of violations, police said.
But don’t congratulate yourself just yet, said AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair. He said the traffic density on our roads plays a role in those numbers.
“With greater density, there’s less opportunity to speed up, but more opportunity for police to see other offenses â like distracted driving,” Sinclair said. “On the Thruway, a soldier can see 100 cars an hour. The cop on the Southern State Parkway can see 100 in a minute.
“We could have more people breaking the speed limit,” he said, “but they’re probably not as egregious as they might be elsewhere in the state.”
State Police L Troop spokesman Private Dan Ahlgrim said the most likely reason was that while the state police were generally the primary â in some cases, the only â enforcement agency. In-state law enforcement, on Long Island, there are also Nassau County and Suffolk County police. as sheriffs and other local municipal departments. For example, state police do not patrol the Long Island Freeway, Jericho Turnpike, Hempstead Turnpike, and many other major roads on the island, while in most upstate areas the state police is the only long arm of the law.
“We have a smaller footprint,” he said, “because we have two of the largest police departments in the country patrolling most of the island.”
Although drivers don’t like ticketing campaigns, Sinclair said, the AAA thinks they certainly help create a safer environment for everyone on the road.
“Often the biggest problem on the road is the attitude of drivers who don’t take driving seriously enough and realize how dangerous driving is,” Sinclair said.
âWhat makes the road a safer place are the three Es: engineering, education and enforcement,â he said. “Most of the time, engineering isn’t the problem. Education helps. But it’s law enforcement that eventually brings it all home.”