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Police launch annual 4th of July weekend DWI crackdown

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State Police and local law enforcement will join together and increase patrols to crack down on drunk and impaired driving this 4th of July weekend, considered one of the busiest travel times of the year.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign begins today and runs through Sunday (July 3-5), during which time drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols using both marked and unmarked police cars.

Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who use their their phones and other mobile devices behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road.

Last year, the State Police issued nearly 13,410 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 249 people for DWI and investigated 187 crashes, which resulted in two fatalities.

“Troopers will be highly visible this weekend, on the lookout for impaired, drugged, and reckless drivers,” said NYSP  Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “Our message is simple: If you drink and drive, it’s very likely that you will end up in jail. Stay safe, and don’t make a bad decision that costs your life or the life of someone else.”

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

Arrested drunk and drugged drivers face the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.

The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:
  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program;
  • If you suspect a driver is drunk or impaired on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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