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Statewide Teen Driving Safety Campaign Launches

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York State Police will be engaging in a week-long multi-agency, statewide traffic safety campaign aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers, from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24.

In an effort to reduce these tragedies, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) launched "The Empty Chair" campaign in 2014. The empty chair symbolizes the missing high school senior on graduation day.

This year, the state police and other participating agencies are working to limit the number of accidents during graduation season. The campaign will target specific laws during the campaign, while also enforcing all other vehicle and traffic laws. The targets dates are as follows:   Monday, April 20  – Speeding in school zones Tuesday, April 21 – Seatbelt use and child restraints Wednesday, April 22  – Cell phone use and texting Thursday, April 23 – Graduated driver license provisions Friday, April 24 – Underage drinking and impaired driving   During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are not following the traffic laws. CITE vehicles also allows the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated. The following points will be on your license if convicted of the following: Speeding - MPH over speed limit not indicated-  three Speeding 1 - 10 MPH over speed limit- three Speeding 11 - 20 MPH over speed limit- four Speeding 21 - 30 MPH over speed limit- six Speeding 31 - 40 MPH over speed limit- eight Speeding More than 40 MPH over speed limit- 11 Improper cell phone use- five No seat belt under age of 16- three Child safety seat violations- three

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