State Troopers to crack down on speeding with summer 'Speed Week' campaign

New York State Police are cracking down on speeding with a week-long enforcement initiative.

This summer's "Speed Week" campaign runs from August 6 through August 12, coinciding with the NASCAR race weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway August 7 through August 10. During Speed Week, speeding by all vehicles, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced. There will be more troopers and unmarked patrol cars on major highways during this period, according to State Police.

"While fans enjoy the racing at Watkins Glen, that is where the speed should stay - on the racetrack," said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico in a press release. "The public can do their part to keep our streets safe simply by slowing down. We want everyone to make it to their destination safely and increase their chances of doing so by following New York State laws. Buckle your seatbelt, follow posted speed limits and put your electronic device down."

Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who aren't properly buckled up and drivers who violate the "Move Over Law."

During the last summer's Speed Week campaign, State Police issued nearly 25,000 traffic tickets. More than 9,000 of those tickets were for speeding and more than 2,300 were related to distracted driving.