An increase in New York State Police and local law enforcement will begin this Friday, August 19th through September 5th to target impaired drivers.
The upcoming campaign is to reduce alcohol and other drug related crashes in the state. From recent data from the University of Albany’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, police-reported impaired crashes in the state increased by 11% from 2020 to 2021.
“As you prepare your end of summer plans with family and friends, make sure you have a plan to get to your destination safely,” DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said. “Impaired driving is a reckless, costly, all-too-often deadly decision that puts all those sharing the road in danger. I urge all drivers and passengers to be smart and have a plan.”
A major component of New York’s efforts to combat impaired driving is the STOP-DWI program. STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated.”