State and local law police launched an extended Labor Day impaired driving crackdown, starting today and running through the holiday on Monday, September 7.
During that time, law enforcement will ramp up patrols and the NYS Thruway Authority and State Department of Transportation will have Variable Message Signs alerting motorists to the consequences of impaired driving.
Last year’s campaign produced nearly 5,000 tickets for impaired driving and more than 170k others statewide.
The STOP-DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is designed to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes, and statistics show efforts like these are working.
Preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research shows fatal crashes involving an impaired driver have decreased over 19 percent from 2010 to 2019.
“There is no excuse for driving impaired – it’s reckless and puts not only yourself but everyone else on the road in danger,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have zero tolerance for this irresponsible behavior and we’re stepping up patrols to send a clear message: If you drink and drive, you will be caught and you will be held accountable.”