Today (August 14) begins another statewide impaired driving crackdown that will run through Monday, September 2.
State and local law enforcement agencies will be on high alert, increasing efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.
The crackdown is part of New York’s STOP-DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and organized by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
During last year’s campaign, nearly 4,000 impaired driving tickets were issued statewide, on top of more than 165,000 other vehicle and traffic-related tickets.
A press event to kick off the enforcement campaign was held yesterday (August 13) morning at the West Capitol Park in Albany.
Officials from from the GTSC and DMV were joined by STOP-DWI coordinators, state and local law enforcement, along with family members of a Colonie, New York teen who died as a result of an impaired driving crash.
Seventeen-year-old Niko DiNovo was a passenger in a vehicle that slammed into a local tavern. The driver of that vehicle was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The press event also highlighted the Amy Stock memorial trailer, who was killed in a 2015 crash in Albany.
A drunk driver who hit her vehicle had a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit.
The trailer contains the vehicle Amy was in when she was killed.
DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder:
“Heartbreaking stories like Amy’s and Niko’s are the reason these initiatives are so important—to serve as a reminder of the tragic consequences of impaired driving. There is no excuse for drunk or drugged driving. Plan ahead and get a sober ride home. I thank our STOP-DWI coordinators and law enforcement agencies across the state for their help ensuring safety on our roads.”
STOP-DWI Association Chair and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Captain Rob Richards:
““I encourage all New Yorkers to download the Have a Plan app which is available for Apple and Android devices. The app contains helpful information such as programing a designated driver list, locating and contacting a taxi or rideshare service, and information on blood alcohol content levels. In addition, users can report a suspected impaired driver. Knowledge is power. Having this information at your ready is key to making responsible decisions.”
New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett:
“While we want everyone to enjoy the final weeks of summer, we want them to do so responsibly. During this stepped-up enforcement period, State Troopers will be highly visible and will have zero tolerance for reckless individuals who choose to drive while impaired. If you’re celebrating this Labor Day weekend, don’t get behind the wheel impaired. Intoxicated and drugged drivers can injure or kill other motorists and their passengers. Have a plan and you could save a life – maybe even your own.”