(StatenIslandNews) Drivers Beware Police Enforcing 40Mph Speed Limit
The police presence on Staten Island Has been crazy, now you have to be more aware of speed traps, Theres one set up for staten islanders right on the staten island expressway, yea so be careful pulling off that shit.. more information below after the re-up on www.yomyg.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With the construction-embattled Staten Island Expressway resembling a maze more than a highway, the NYPD is enforcing its 40-mph speed limit around the clock, regardless of whether workers are actually on the road.
“It’s still a danger because the road is under construction,” an NYPD source said. “And the fines are doubled.”
A traffic court judge is the ultimate arbiter of what penalties drivers face for breaking the posted speed limit.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association in Washington, D.C., lists New York state fines for speeding in construction zones between $90 and $600, or up to 30 days in jail, or both, according to its website.
Almost every safety measure available to the state Department of Transportation is deployed on the SIE, including electronic signs warning of construction zone or traffic-pattern changes, periodic off-peak lane closures, new traffic patterns, concrete barriers, orange cones and workers in reflective vests and brightly colored shirts.
But despite the narrower lanes, massive congestion and other obstacles, many drivers still fly through at all hours, disregarding their own safety and flouting the law.
“Our goal is really to have a safe environment for the motorist and a safe environment for our workers,” New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) regional director Phillip Eng previously told the Advance. “That’s the number-one thing, everybody gets to go home to their families at the end of the day.”
The city DOT also views work-zone safety as one of its top priorities; since 2009, 22 city DOT workers have been injured in work-zone accidents, and seven have been killed in the last 20 years, the agency said.
Citywide last year, 64 traffic accidents occurred in work zones, according to data from the DOT, and statewide there were 347 such accidents, with an additional 45 in work-zone maintenance areas along state highways.
Those accidents resulted in five fatalities and 110 injuries to motorists, contracted workers and NYSDOT staff, the DOT said.
Each year, the state DOT observes National Work Zone Awareness Week in April to remind motorists of the rules and consequences of breaking them; this year’s national theme is “Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive.”
The city DOT offers safety tips for driving in work zones: Stay within the posted speed limits; pay attention; refrain from distracting activities, such as changing radio stations and using mobile phones; merge with caution and do not change lanes within the work zone; merge into the proper lane well before you reach the lane closure; be mindful of workers and equipment, and, perhaps the most pertinent advice of all, be patient.