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New York State Police announced that they have kicked off a “Speed Week” campaign in effort to catch speeding and aggressive drivers. The week-long initiative, which began yesterday and runs through April 24, is aimed at reducing the number of speed-related accidents that occur in the state.

In a press release, state police said that speed limits and other traffic laws will be heavily enforced over the week, including seatbelt laws and the ban on texting while driving.

State police also said that they will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers, which they describe as drivers who use excessive speed, conduct unsafe lane changes, fail to use turn signals, tailgate, fail to yield to the right of way, use electronic devices, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A similar initiative last year resulted in nearly 10,000 traffic tickets. Drivers who are ticketed for speeding, aggressive driving and other traffic violations could see fines as high as $1,000 and up to 11 points added to their driver’s licenses.

Many New York residents plead guilty to traffic citations by simply paying their fines. However, this isn’t always a good idea. The fines and court fees associated with even minor traffic citations can add up quickly, and convictions can cause insurance premiums to increase and threaten your driver’s license.

That’s why it’s wise to consult an experienced attorney after being charged with a traffic violation in New York. Your attorney can advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation, whether it may be working out a favorable plea deal or fighting the charges against you.

Source: North Country Now, “State police 'Speed Week' targeting aggressive drivers through April 24 in St. Lawrence County,” April 18, 2014

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