NY to Crack Down on DWI, Distracted Driving Check Points For St. Patrick's Day Weekend

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/13 2014 01:55PM

Updated 03/13 2014 01:58PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York announced Thursday that they will be cracking down on drunk driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving for St. Patrick's Day weekend.

A press release says New York State Police will be conducting special traffic enforcements starting on Friday and continuing through Monday. 

"St. Patrick's Day celebrations should be an enjoyable and safe experience for all New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge all drivers to plan transportation in advance, use caution when traveling, and follow the law so that this weekend’s festivities do not lead to unnecessary tragedy."

Drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and increased inspections on underage drinking and sales to minors. Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers who are using handheld electronic devices. 

During a similar program last year, New York State Police say they made 204 arrests and issued 9,763 tickets.

The New York State Police and NHTSA recommend following these easy steps for everyone to enjoy a safe holiday, without jeopardizing lives on the road: 
  • 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.
  • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, intervene and take the keys away if you have to.

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