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New York State Troopers Increase Holiday Patrols

New York State Police will step up DWI enforcement through New Years Day.
New York State Police will step up DWI enforcement through New Years Day. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Police is again participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, from Friday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Jan. 1.

Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints along with more troopers on major highways during the campaign. Unmarked State Police patrol vehicles will also be on the roads, police said.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road, police said.

“Safety comes first for the New York State Police for our troopers and the drivers and passengers we serve on New York State’s roadways," Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said in a statement. "We want everyone to have a happy holiday - but we also want you to have a safe one."

During last year’s campaign, State Police issued more than 38,000 tickets. More than 630 people were charged with DWIs, more than 11,000 drivers were ticketed for speeding and 1,500 drivers were caught for distracted driving.

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