Taconic Parkway ticketing sweep by State Police nets 66 violators

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Troopers ticketed 66 drivers during a traffic blitz Wednesday on the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester County, State Police said.

The saturation patrol began at 9 a.m. During the next six hours, troopers pulled over 18 drivers for speeding, 13 for violating the state's Move Over Law, nine for talking or texting on their cellphones while driving, three for driving without wearing seat belts and 23 for other minor traffic infractions, cops said.

Wednesday's effort follows a series of patrols earlier this month in which troopers ticketed 314 drivers in Westchester County. Those patrols were conducted on the Taconic State Parkway, Interstate 684, Route 9 and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

The patrols are part of an ongoing effort by State Police to reduce highway crashes resulting in injury or death. There were 1,153 traffic-related deaths in New York State in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. That same year, 177,445 people were injured in accidents in the state, DMV statistics show. The vast majority of car accidents in New York are attributed at least in part to speeding, although most crash reports cite more than one cause, and there was no uniform method of recording texting as a factor in crashes in the 2011 data.

Penalties for speeding vary. Drivers who exceed the speed limit by up to 10 mph are fined $90-$150 and receive three license penalty points; those who exceed the speed limit by up to 30 mph can be fined as much as $300, and drivers who are more than 30 mph over the limit face fines of up to $600 and eight points or more on their licenses.

The DMV will revoke a driver's license if an individual accumulates 11 or more penalty points. Likewise, violating the Move Over Law carries a penalty of three license points and up to $275 in fines. The fine amounts don't include extra fees tacked on by municipal courts.

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