One of the State Police's highest priorities is to ensure the safety of all those who use New York's highways. As we see it, our job is to make the state's roadways safer by reducing injuries, property damage, and the loss of life caused by motor vehicle crashes, by:
- Enforcing the Vehicle and Traffic Law and other regulations;
- Compiling, analyzing, and sharing data on accident causes; and
- Providing education on safe driving to schools, civic organizations and other governmental groups.
Special attention is directed at state, interstate and other controlled access highways for which the State Police has primary responsibility, and dedicated patrols. Troopers on patrol enforce the Vehicle & Traffic Law, investigate motor vehicle crashes, assist disabled motorists, and provide many other professional services.
This commitment is supported by an aggressive traffic safety program that works to save lives, reduce injuries, and save state residents millions of dollars otherwise expended as a result of highway crashes.
The NYSP ensures New York's highways are safe and that traffic flows efficiently by employing activities such as:
- Sobriety checkpoints
- DWI, underage drinking, and speed saturation patrols
- Dedicated interstate patrols
- Commercial vehicle inspections and checkpoints
- Preemptive checks of establishments dispensing alcoholic beverages
- Collision Reconstruction Unit Experts
Each year, the Traffic Services Section develops a comprehensive Traffic Safety Plan focusing on enforcement and education. The activities included in the plan address the three primary causes of highway fatalities - excessive speed, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and failure to use seat belts or child safety restraints. The plan also provides for the specialized training and equipment given to troopers to carry out these efforts.
Troopers play a prominent role in reducing highway fatality rates in New York State and issue over 900,000 tickets each year. Statistics show that troopers, while comprising less than 6% of New York's total law enforcement personnel, make about 30% of all DWI arrests in New York State, issue 47% of all citations for occupant restraints and 55% of all speeding tickets.
A variety of state-specific traffic safety statistics, including crash-related information, is available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles . A broad spectrum of national traffic safety information can be obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .