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In general, it is safest to drive with the flow of traffic unless that flow is exceeding the speed limit.
On Interstate and other limited-access highways drivers should use the right lanes when possible to help prevent congestion and acts of aggressive driving. Speeds of 65 mph are permitted only on controlled access highways, such as the Northway (I87) or Thruway, that are specifically posted for the 65 mph speed limit.
During peak holiday travel times the State Police increases the number of patrols assigned to traffic duty in order to enforce the speed limit and traffic laws for the safety of the public using New York's highways.
Local traffic safety officials and police agencies often plan enforcement efforts to target specific areas such as streets near neighborhood playgrounds or areas that experience a high rate of crashes.
You just might be the unlucky one in the one pack who happens to get caught – or the one who has to take an evasive action to prevent a crash.
What are the fines, penalties and points for speeding?
Over 42,000 people die as the result of traffic crashes each year on our nation's highways and hundreds of thousands are seriously injured.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 3 - 33.
For non-commercial vehicles, the fines and possible prison sentences are: Fines increase if your are convicted of more than one speed violation in 18 months. Fines may vary for speeding in school zone or restricted highway. In addition to the fines and penalties shown, you will have to pay a state surcharge and possibly a Driver Responsibility Assessment if you receive six or more points on your driver record during a period of 18 months and the violations occurred on or after November 18, 2004. Do I always have to obey the posted speed limits in work zones?
You must obey the posted speed limits in work zones, whether or not construction activities are actually going on at the time.
Vehicles traveling at higher speeds require more time to stop, will need to dissipate more energy in a crash (the crash will be more violent), and will reduce the effectiveness of vehicle's safety devices and crash barriers that help protect occupants in crashes.