2004, the Speed Enforcement Unit continued to aggressively pursue its objectives
of reducing the number of speeding vehicles on Chautauqua County Highways. In
doing so, the assigned officers concentrated heavily on both Routes 60 and 17,
which have traditionally been prone to high incidents of serious traffic
accidents. The Speed Enforcement Unit is funded by a grant from the New York
State Governorís Traffic Safety Committee and has been in existence for the
past several years. As a result of
this Unit, the incidents of speeding vehicles and serious auto accidents on both
Routes 60 and 17 have diminished significantly. Since the inception of this
program, there has been a 31% reduction in the number of speeding vehicles on
Route 60 and a 32% reduction in the number of speeders on Route 17.
Speed Enforcement Unit also serves an ancillary function of being an educational
tool to schools and civic and community groups in terms of educating the public
in the dangers inherent in speeding. During the course of the year, a number of
public service announcements were made via local radio stations regarding this
issue and officers also initiated a number of speaking engagements warning of
the dangers of speeding.
As in previous years, it is the intent of this unit to continue to aggressively
pursue violators, thereby making Chautauqua County highways safer for our
residents as well as those passing through the county.