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Over 2,800 Tickets for Impaired Driving Issued During “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign


The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced that during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which ran from August 19th through September 5th. There were 2,823 tickets for impaired driving were issued by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Overall, through the campaign, over 100,000 tickets were issued for other vehicle and traffic law violations including speeding, and distracted driving.

“There’s no excuse for impaired driving. It’s 100 percent preventable,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “Through education and enforcement, we will continue our work on reducing impaired driving. I applaud our law enforcement officials for their commitment and hard work in getting dangerous drivers off our roadways.”

Data from the University at Albany’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research showed a rise of 11 percent from 2020 to 2021 for police-reported impaired driving crashes in the state.

The STOP-DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), occurs multiple times throughout the year to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.

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