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State police will begin a weeklong campaign against speeding and aggressive driving today.

During Speed Week, drivers on major roadways will see a greater number of troopers on the road in both marked and unmarked vehicles targeting speeding drivers or those otherwise driving aggressively, such as tailgating, failing to signal, or using a cellphone or electronic device while driving.

“Too often families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release.

Speeding is a cause in a third of all fatal crashes, according to the release.

“During Speed Week, the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

State troopers will also target drivers who violate the “Move Over Law,” which requires drivers to reduce speed and move to an open lane, if possible, when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said.

Fines for speeding up to 10 mph over the posted limit range from $90 to $150 and three driver penalty points also are added to the license. Drivers accused of speeding more than 30 mph over the limit could face fines of $360 to $600 and up to 11 driver penalty points.

Those rates double for speeding in a work zone.

During last year’s Speed Week campaign, which ran from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17, state police issued more than 9,600 tickets.

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