As the holiday's inch closer, New York State Police are now on patrol to keep the thousands of travelers who plan to hit the highways safe by taking park in the national “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign to crackdown on impaired driving.
During the campaign, drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints and an increased number of troopers patrolling roadways from Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
“Too often, impaired drivers cause accidents resulting in injury, death and heartbreak,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “Reckless driving is a crime and this national crackdown will help strengthen our law enforcement during one of the busiest times of the year to keep New Yorkers safe. I urge everyone to drive responsibly and remain vigilant on the roads this holiday season.”
In addition to intoxicated driver's, troopers will be watching for distracted 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.
In addition to State Police, local law enforcement agencies will also be participating in this national crackdown.
"All year our members work to reduce impaired driving crashes and promote traffic safety. Our goal during this campaign is to step up our efforts to ensure we can take intoxicated and drugged drivers off our roadways before they injure or kill other motorists and their passengers," said Superintendent George P. Beach II.
During last year’s crackdown, state police issued more than 32,000 tickets, including more than 11,000 for speeding, 810 for distracted driving and 348 for the “Move Over Law.” There were also 477 people arrested for DWI and six people killed in crashes.
In addition, 33 counties and 115 local law enforcement agencies participated in the crackdown last year, resulting in 134 DWI/DWAI arrests, 11 DWAI-drug only arrests, 99 other arrests and 1,570 vehicle and traffic summonses.