New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that state police and local police departments will have more patrols out during Halloween weekend to reduce drunk and impaired driving.
According to the release police will increase patrols starting on Friday, October 28 through Tuesday, November 1.
"Time and time again, we have seen this holiday become the date of avoidable tragedies caused by dangerous, reckless and unacceptable behavior behind the wheel," Governor Cuomo said.
"To keep our roadways safe, the state will increase the presence of law enforcement in every community and I urge all New Yorkers to assist in these efforts by making responsible decisions so that everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween," added Cuomo.
The traffic commission has also issued a new video that focuses on taking extra precautions during Halloween Weekend.
The traffic commission also offers the following tips on how to keep you and others safe.
· Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
· Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
· If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
· If available, use your community’s sober ride program.
· Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life.
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