BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Town of Tonawanda is one of the riskiest places for speeders across Western New York — ranking #1 in total tickets for the last three years.

About a third are written by the town — and two thirds by the state police.

If you have a heavy foot at the wheel, beware of driving through the Town of Tonawanda, especially on the I 290 and the I 190.

Those stretches of highways are among the hot spots for speeding tickets in Western New York, according to an analysis of speeding tickets data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Accompanying the state police as they patrol the 290 gives a glimpse of what they see from their cruisers. “We have a 69 on this white car. 70 on the white car,” said James O’Callaghan, public information officer for Troop A of the New York State Police, as he called out readings displayed by a radar device.

“It’s not uncommon up here to get 80 , 90 mile an hour vehicles,” he added.

In the Town of Tonawanda, Captain Joseph Carosi said town police don’t hesitate to write tickets if the situation warrants it.

“People assume because it feels like the thruway that it’s a 65 mile an hour zone. But it isn’t so. It’s a 55 mile an hour zone,” Carosi said.

A data analysis by News 4 Investigates finds about half of all tickets issued in the town of Tonawanda last year were on the 290.

“We want to make sure that everyone gets to point a to point b safely and if speeding is a factor in your life then that’s something you have to change,” said O’Callaghan.

O’Callaghan said speed enforcement is a high priority.

“A third of all accidents fatalities are speed related. And the majority of all property damage accidents and personal injury accidents, the cause is speed,” said O’Callaghan.

And it’s not just the 290.

Motorists traveling Niagara Falls Boulevard were hit with tickets for driving only 8 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Sheridan drive motorists got a ticket for going even 10 miles per hour over the limit.

“Obviously we do not write tickets to everybody we stop,” said Carosi. “There are many more warnings than summonses actually issued in the town. Your likelihood of getting stopped certainly is pretty good in our town, and that’s something that we don’t take lightly.”

The other hot spot is along interstate 190 — accounting for nearly 40 percent of all speeding tickets issued in the Town of Tonawanda last year.

Police say they’re sending a message.

“Every 10 miles an hour over 50 miles an hour increases your risk of death by double,” said O’Callaghan.

Last year nearly 90,000 speeding tickets were issued throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

Almost half were in Erie County where mostly men driving passenger vehicles were stopped.

“It’s the riskiest thing that we do during the course of our day is driving an automobile,” said Carosi. “It is also the one thing that has the greatest likelihood of killing us during the course of our day.”

When it comes to villages — Kenmore and Depew ranked highest last year.

The Village of Kenmore Police issued 600 speeding tickets. The Village of Depew Police issued 673.

By comparison, the Buffalo Police Department issued 652 speeding tickets for all of 2014.

When asked how Kenmore police are writing a similar number of speeding tickets as the much larger Buffalo force, Buffalo Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Buffalo Police has other priorities.

“But again we have different issues in the city and different departments do different things. But we do put a priority on all the laws, quality of life issues,” he said.

This year there’s been an explosion of speeding tickets in Buffalo – 1900 issued with about a month to go in the year, Derenda said.

“The majority of the increase comes from the enforcement of the 198 with the recent speeding being changed from 50 down to 30. Some strict enforcement. We’ve written a lot more summonses for speeding,” he said.

Other police agencies write speeding tickets in Buffalo, especially the State Police. Buffalo motorists received nearly 5,000 speeding tickets last year.

Speeding tickets are also a source of revenue for localities and New York State.

Motorists last year forked over about $13 million dollars last year in total fines. Nearly $10 million went to localities and the rest to the state.

The top fine amounts were paid to the following towns:Town of Tonawanda, $881,105Town of Amherst, $676,032Town of West Seneca $511,699Town of Cheektowaga, $361,701

Town of Tonawanda Police Captain Joseph Carosi says this isn’t about money.

“If we were to drive the same stretch of roadway every day and you always see a car pulled over some point on your way to work. In the back of your mind you’re thinking there’s going to be an officer here. I better watch my speed at the very least. High visibility enforcement is essential to maintain order on the roads,” Carosi said.