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State police speeding crackdown
New York - The New York State Police "Speed Week" initiative kicked off Thursday, and will go on for a week until April 24.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced state police will be targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.
"Speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving are the top three contributing factors to motor vehicle crashes," said Trooper Mark O'Donnell.
In fact, police say speeding is the leading cause of fatalities on the roadway and make up a third of all deaths on the road each year.
"This is my community. I want to make it safe," said Trooper David Bast. "If you were to see what speed, the influence that it has on accidents, you would slow down if you realize what kind of damage you could do."
Fines for speeding and aggressive driving can reach nearly $1,000 and add up to 11 points on a driver's license, according to police.
Aggressive driving behaviors troopers will be targeting include:
Excessive speed, frequent or unsafe lane changes, failure to signal, tailgating, failure to yield the right of way, disregarding traffic controls, impaired driving, and cell phone/electronic device use.
Last year's speed week in August of 2013, police issued more than 9,600 tickets.