"The New York State Police will continue to assist our partners in law enforcement and the State DOT to ensure motorists safety," Major Mark Koss, Troop "E" Commander said. "Troopers will continue to enforce the vehicle and traffic law and will encourage everyone to drive more courteous. Motorists must refrain from texting while driving due to the inherent dangers of taking your eyes off the road. Let's make this summer enjoyable and safe for everyone on the road."
"Courteous driving is essential on all of our highways, but it is especially important in locations where road work is taking place and work zones are set up," said NYSDOT Acting Regional Director Robert Traver. "Aggressive driving is both rude and dangerous. Please be courteous, slow down and do not tailgate. Avoid a crash and avoid a traffic ticket as we implement our annual targeted enforcement campaign with our partners, the State Police."
According to accident data compiled by NYSDOT from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009, for this stretch of Interstate 490, 799 accidents were reported, many of which had apparent contributing factors related to aggressive driving. The time of day with the highest incidence of reportable accidents for this stretch of I-490 is 4 to 5 p.m. followed by 7 to 8 a.m. The days of the week with the most reportable accidents in the time frame studied were Wednesdays and Fridays. The most frequent apparent contributing factor to injuries caused in collisions was "following too closely." Other factors include "traveling at unsafe speeds" and "unsafe lane changes."
The stretch of Route 390 from Scottsville Road to Ridge Road was targeted in last year's campaign. According to New York State Police, a total of 426 tickets were issued throughout the summer. The highest number of tickets, 295, was given to speeders, a factor of aggressive driving behavior.
Lori G. Maher
Public Information Officer
NYS Dept. of Transportation
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