New York State Police have announced they will participate in the national initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
As part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Friday, December 16 through Sunday, January 1, drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the Move Over Law.
During the campaign, troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles (CITE) as part of the operation.
The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 32,000 tickets. Of those tickets, more than 11,000 were for speeding, 810 were for distracted driving and 348 for the Move Over Law. There was also 477 people arrested for DWI and 6 people killed in an auto accident.
To keep the roads safer this holiday season, the New York State Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer these tips:
- Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
- Use your community’s sober ride program
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely