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State & local police launch weekend DWI crackdown

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State and local police agencies will partner for a Memorial Day weekend crackdown on drunk, impaired and reckless drivers that runs tomorrow through Tuesday (May 22-26).

Sheriff Mark Helms said earlier this week all law enforcement agencies in Cortland County would participate in the STOP-DWI enforcement effort, joined yesterday by an official announcement by NYSP.

Motorosits can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols on the road.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles, which blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable once the emergency lighting is activated.

University at Albany’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) says drunk driving killed 295 people and injured 5,340 others in New York State during 2018.

Another 314 people were killed in drug-related crashes.

While unnecessary travel is discouraged because of COVID-19, Memorial Day weekend is typically known as one of the busiest travel times of the year.

“As we take time this Memorial Day to honor those who died in service to our county, we remind motorists to make safety the top priority,” said State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “If your holiday plans include alcohol, please arrange for a safe ride home. Driving impaired is a choice that often has serious and even deadly consequences.? State Troopers will be highly visible this weekend, and will have zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers.”

Meanwhile, NYSP Troop C yesterday held their annual Memorial Ceremony, held each May to honor former members of the force who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Acting Troop Commander, Captain Jeffrey VanAuken addressed the troops at a ceremony attended by Colonel James Barnes and Staff Inspector Richard Mazzone Jr., Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants and Troopers.

The event was small and private due to the COVID pandemic and troopers maintained social distance.

A wreath was placed by Trooper Nicholas Jones (USMC) honoring the troopers that have gone before us.

Below are a few pictures from the ceremony from state police:

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