From Wednesday, December 14th through January 1st, New York State Police issued over 32,900 tickets as part of a national DWI Crackdown.
In total, 453 people were arrested by troopers for DWI and investigated over 4,400 accidents with 528 people injured and 8 fatalities.
New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli said, “One of the mission priorities of the New York State Police is to improve highway safety by focusing on reducing drunk and impaired driving crashes. Through our recent enforcement efforts, as well the work Troopers do on a daily basis, we have made our roadways safer for the public. The New York State Police urges motorists to make safety their top priority as well to help reduce these crashes. Our message is simple: Don’t drink and drive. By being proactive, we can reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk and impaired driving.”
Throughout the campaign, state police set up sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed drivers using handheld devices. Both marked and unmarked vehicles were used by police as part of the Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE).
Besides tickets for DWI, troopers issued over 11,000 tickets for speeding, 912 for distracted driving, 916 for seatbelt violations, and 316 for Move Over Law violations.