ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to launch a “speed enforcement blitz” as part of Speed Awareness Week, a statewide enforcement campaign organized by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The campaign will begin Aug. 1 and run to Aug. 7.

“Speeding translates to death on our roadways,” Sheriff Ken Lansing said in a news release. “It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve. Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 speeding was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country, and about a third of all traffic fatalities for New York State.

The press release stated that the sheriff’s office would be increasing the number of patrols in an attempt to curtail the amount of drivers speeding on local roadways.

“During this enforcement blitz, officers will be out targeting and ticketing speeding drivers,” the sheriff’s office said. “Our goal is to save lives, and we’re putting all drivers on alert – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”