Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 1, officers started targeting motorists, noting that each year, speed-related crashes cost Americans approximately $40 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
The emphasis details are expected to last through Wednesday, Aug. 7.
According to police, speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in New York State. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany, in 2017, 301 people were killed and 18,178 were injured in New York State in speed-related crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages three through 33.
“Speeding endangers everyone on the road: In 2017, speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Learn about the dangers of speeding and why faster doesn’t mean safer.”
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