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Elmira Police To Participate In "Speed Week" Campaign

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The Elmira Police Department would like to make the public aware that it will be participating in the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee “Speed Week”.  Through grant funding, there will be enhanced patrols on the roads to focus on speeding vehicles.  The focus will be on roadways where there are higher incidents of motor vehicle crashes.  The Elmira Police Department, along with other departments statewide, will be focusing on speeding drivers and enforcement a “zero tolerance” approach.

Police say speed continues to be a predominant factor in traffic crashes in New York State.  In 2016, nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic fatalities in New York were caused by speeding.  314 people lost their lives in the preventable collisions.  August was the deadliest month for speed-related crashes in New York with 39 people killed.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 3 out of every 10 drivers are self –professed “speeders”.

This enforcement period runs from August 1st through August 7th.

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