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Area Law Enforcement Continue Crackdown on Impaired Driving Through Halloween


State Police as well as area law enforcement will be out through Halloween cracking down on impaired and reckless driving throughout the state. The enforcement period began on Friday and will continue through Halloween tomorrow.

“Together, we can ensure Halloween festivities stretching through Tuesday are safe and enjoyable by promoting responsible choices and raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving,” Governor Hochul said. “I thank the New York State Police and our local law enforcement for keeping our children, communities and celebrations safe and fun!”

Motorists traveling can expect to see continued sobriety checkpoints in areas and DWI patrols. On top of cracking down on impaired driving, officers will look for those who are using their phones or other electronic devices while driving.

When traveling motorists should also remember to move over for stopped emergency vehicles and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of a road. Police will be using both marked and unmarked vehicles during the enforcement campaign.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads.  Between 2015 and 2019, there were 126 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night nationwide. Of those fatalities, 41 percent occurred in crashes where there was at least one drunk driver involved.

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