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State Police Conducting Halloween Crackdown On DWI, Underage Drinking

The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunken driving and underage drinking this Halloween weekend.
The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunken driving and underage drinking this Halloween weekend. Photo Credit: File

The New York State Police have launched a special traffic enforcement initiative aimed at drunken driving during the Halloween weekend.

Troopers will also conduct underage drinker identification details statewide, according to state police.

The effort, which began Friday, will continue through Tuesday, according to state police.

Drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints, along with additional patrols and enforcement efforts to combat underage drinking and sales to minors, state police said.

“Halloween is a weekend of fun, but can also be a lesson in responsibility on New York’s roadways,” said Superintendent George P. Beach II. “We urge drivers to be smart and make the right choice to not drink and drive. Please use other resources to not get behind a wheel this Halloween weekend. Troopers will be out in force making sure this Halloween is a safe one on the roads."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads.

During last year’s initiative, there were more than 730 crashes, which killed three people and injured 126 others, authorities said.

Troopers also arrested 167 people for DWI and issued more than 7,600 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations, according to state police.

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