State cops' 'Speed Week' to target aggressive drivers

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Speeding and aggressive drivers will be targeted as part of a weeklong enforcement initiative starting Thursday, State Police said.

The aim of the initiative, dubbed "Speed Week," is to reduce speed-related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York's roads, State Police said in a news release.

Speeding, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement, the release said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement that "Speed Week" calls for State Police to be "out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk."

Cuomo urged drivers statewide to "slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road."

In addition to targeting speeding and aggressive drivers, troopers will be watching for drivers who aren't wearing seat belts and those who violate other driving laws, including the "move-over" law.

In an effort to continue making New York's roads safer, this year's state budget includes legislation to intensify the efforts to curtail texting while driving by young drivers, the release said.

Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their licenses suspended for 120 days on the first offense, and revoked for at least one year for the second offense.

"Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down," State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said in the release.

The initiative puts more troopers on major highways, including those in unmarked patrol vehicles.

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During the last such initiative, from Aug. 10-17, 2013, troopers issued more than 9,600 tickets. Fines for speeding range from $45 to $975, and three to 11 points.

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