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Troopers ticket 64 drivers in Taconic crackdown

This week, driving within the speed limit is especially advised.

For the third time since Saturday, state troopers were out in force in Westchester County, ticketing 64 people on the Taconic State Parkway on Wednesday.

State Police conducted the saturation patrol from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ticketing 45 drivers for speeding, three for driving without seat belts, one for violating the state's Move Over Law and 15 others for various traffic violations, cops said.

Wednesday's crackdown follows similar efforts, including a saturation patrol on the Sprain Brook Parkway on Monday, which resulted in 33 tickets issued to drivers for speeding; and another patrol on Interstate 684 on Saturday, in which troopers ticketed 78 drivers for speeding.

All three details were without warning and are part of ongoing efforts by State Police to discourage speeding and reduce speed-related deaths on the state's highways.

Troopers are expected to maintain a heavy presence on local highways this week as they enforce the Move Over Law, which requires vehicles to pull over when they see police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and maintenance crews. That enforcement effort began Monday and will last through Sunday.

Penalties for speeding vary in the state. Drivers who exceed the speed limit by up to 10 mph are fined $90-$150 and receive three license penalty points, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers 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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