CORNING - The Corning Police Department will be participating in Speed Awareness Week – “Enforcement Mobilization” Wednesday through August 7, as part of the Police Traffic Services Grant through the NY State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Speed continues to be a predominant factor in traffic accidents in New York State. In 2016, 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in New York were caused by speeding.
Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said during 2016 and 2017, the Corning Police Department increased traffic tickets issued for speeding violations by 170 percent.
As a result, the City of Corning saw a year to year decrease of 25 percent in accidents where speed was a contributing factor and a decrease of 13 percent in overall accidents in the City.
“We are happy to be able participate again in the GTSC’s Speed Awareness Week,” Spaulding said. “This will be a high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing incidents of speed-related crashes by strictly enforcing existing speed limit laws. We have teamed up with the State Police and members of the Sheriff’s Office in the past, and we will continue to team up in the future, to protect members of the public.”
City Manager Mark Ryckman said reducing speed prevents accidents and saves lives.
“The City of Corning is committed to improving traffic safety through proper road design and traffic enforcement,” Ryckman said.
The Corning Police Department will continue to work towards the goal of decreasing speeding drivers in an effort to further reduce traffic accidents in the city. During the enforcement period, Corning Police will assign Officers, both day and night, with zero tolerance for speeding motorists.
Corning Police Officers will be using traditional RADAR and LIDAR (laser speed detection) as well as visual estimations to enforce observed speeding violations.