On January 12th, New York Troopers engaged in a ticketing blitz on I-84 where the highway passes through the town of East Fishkill in Dutchess County, approximately 60 miles north of New York City. Over the course of 3 hours, 79 drivers were ticketed for exceeding the highway’s 65 mile per hour speed limit. Another 31 tickets were issued for various traffic infractions including failure to wear a seat belt, use of a hand-held cell phone or other electronic device while driving, and violation of New York’s “move-over” law (VTL 1144-a).
As part of Governor Cuomo’s hard-line stance against speeding and distracted driving, ticketing blitzes are becoming a more common occurrence to deter drivers driving in New York from exceeding the speed limit. This past Sunday comprises the most recent ticketing blitz by the New York State Police. Previous major ticketing blitzes have traditionally occurred in July and August, during the summer weeks leading up to Labor Day, when many vacationers are on the road and eager to get to their holiday destinations. During “speed week” and other major ticketing blitzes, police have been known to issue over a thousand speeding tickets in a single week.