DWI crackdown comes with the holidays

Dec 27, 2018

New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving through the end of the year.

Officials say motorists can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign, part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative, which runs through Jan. 1.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, troopers using marked and unmarked vehicles will be watching for distracted drivers, passengers who are not properly buckled up and drivers violating the "Move Over Law," which requires motorists to use extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

State Police say they will also conduct underage drinking enforcement details statewide.

"The State Police want to make sure everyone's holiday is a safe one," said State Police Superintendent George Beach. "If you're celebrating this New Year's Eve, do so responsibly and have a plan. By being or having a designated driver or a safe ride home, you can help us save lives this holiday season."

During last year's campaign, State Police issued 40,489 tickets. Of those tickets more than 13,394 were for speeding, 1,268 were for distracted driving and 571 for violations of the "Move Over Law." There were also 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.