Plattsburgh, NY- New York State Police are stepping up enforcement as part of a statewide initiative to crack down on speeders.
On Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the week long campaign will target speeders and aggressive drivers.
Police say speeding is the number one cause of death on New York roadways each year.
“Any crash of a serious nature-a high speed crash is more common than it should be,” said Lieutenant Todd St. Louis with the New York State Police.
In an effort to make those types of accidents less common New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a week long initiative known as 'Speed Week'.
“We're going to be having more details out there to emphasize that. We’ll have special dedicated troopers that are assigned to speed enforcement, aggressive driving, distracted driving, as well as DWI enforcement,” said Lieutenant St. Louis.
St. Louis says speed, combined with distracted driving or aggressive driving can be deadly.
“If you could take five or ten miles per hour off your speed that's going to be a big factor. In fact we would have a lot less accidents out there if you do,” said Lieutenant St. Louis.
'Speed Week' coincides with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
The governor says the timing is a great way to remind people to slow down.
“What we're trying to do is bring it to the attention of everybody. Let everybody know speeding's fine for those race car drivers over there; it's not fine for the people out here,” said Lieutenant St. Louis.
St. Louis says the goal of the campaign is to improve the safety of the roads- for all drivers.
“Get there safer, slow it down,” Lieutenant St. Louis.
"Speed Week" lasts all week in New York. Police say the initiative is a reminder to drive the speed limit and keep yourself and everyone else on the roads safe.