CORNING - City patrolmen issued 73 tickets -- 68 for speeding, two for aggressive driving and one for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driver and expired inspection tickets -- during the recent Speed Awareness Week.

Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said the city was happy to participate in the state Speed Awareness Week, which ran from August 1-7

Spaulding said the main targeted areas in the city were heavily traveled roadways that come into the city.

“Streets like State Route 315, Park Avenue, Denison Parkway and Bridge Street,” he said. “Hopefully with this highly visible strict enforcement we have educated the public and at the same time prevented accidents that could have caused serious injuries.”

Officials said speed continues to be a predominant factor in traffic accidents in New York state. In 2016, 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in New York involved speeding.

Spaulding said during 2016 and 2017, the Corning Police Department increased traffic tickets issued for speeding violations by 170 percent. As a result, the City of Corning saw a year to year decrease of 25 percent in accidents where speed was a contributing factor and a decrease of 13 percent in overall accidents in the City.

“This will be a high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of speed-related crashes by strictly enforcing existing speed limit laws,” Spaulding said.

The Corning Police Department will continue to work towards the goal of decreasing speeding drivers in an effort to further reduce traffic accidents in the city. During the recent enforcement period, Corning Police assigned patrolmen, both day and night, with zero tolerance for speeding motorists.

Corning Police Officers used traditional RADAR and LIDAR (laser speed detection) as well as visual estimations to enforce observed speeding violations.