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Annual Thanksgiving Crackdown on Dangerous Driving in Effect Statewide

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State Police and local law enforcement across New York State will join together for their annual crackdown on unsafe driving over the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

The special enforcement period runs today through Sunday (Nov. 27-Dec. 1) and will include the use of both marked and unmarked vehicles.

Regular patrols will be supplemented with fixed sobriety checkpoints, underage drinking enforcement and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which targets distracted drivers by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand held devices.

These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

“During this Thanksgiving holiday weekend I encourage all New Yorkers to make safety their top priority. If your celebrations include alcohol, plan ahead to ensure you have a safe ride home,” said NYSP Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “There’s simply no excuse to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired, and State Troopers will have zero tolerance. Make the right choice and avoid the senseless tragedies caused by impaired driving.”

Last year’s initiative led to more than 200 DWI arrests across the state, along with just under 6,000 tickets for speeding, nearly 800 for distracted driving and more than 200 for move over law violations.

The Thanksgiving impaired driving enforcement initiative is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC).

State Police, GTSC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
  • Use your community’s sober ride program
  • If you suspect a driver is drunk or impaired 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 where they are going safely.

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year and our focus is helping ensure everyone gets where they need to go safely so they can spend quality time with family and loved ones,” Governor Cuomo said. “State Troopers and local law enforcement will be highly visible in the coming days, cracking down on impaired and reckless drivers – and I urge drivers to follow the law and make safety your top priority while out on the roads.

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