NYS Police crack down on speeding

By Julianne Peixoto

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM EDT

Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) You may have noticed more state troopers on the highways than usual -- that's because the New York State Police's 'Speed Week' is in full effect.

The purpose of the week is to crack down on speeding and distracted driving.

"Speeding is the No. 1 cause of accidents, so that is a concern to the state police, the safety of motorists," said Trooper Nathan Riegal. "With this campaign targeting speeders and aggressive drivers, we can hopefully reduce accidents and increase the safety of the motorists."

'Speed Week' began Aug. 6 and ends Aug. 12, but troopers are hoping people will practice safe driving every day of the year.

"Approximately 42,000 people die a year in speeding related accidents," said Riegal. "So, it's a problem we take very seriously."

State police will be using both marked and unmarked cars to patrol the roads, and ask you to call 911 to report any unsafe driving.

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