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State Police Increasing Patrol Today Through Weekend


State Police promise they will have more patrols looking for drunk, impaired and reckless driving for St. Patrick’s day and weekend.

Sobriety checkpoints are part of the effort through Sunday, and Troopers say they will be looking for drivers using handheld cell phones.

Remember driving drunk can ruin or end your life or even someone else’s. Drinking and driving you will face jail time, losing of your license, increased insurance rates, and additional unanticipated expenses. Fines for impaired driving carries a maximum of $10,000.

The New York State Police has made these easy steps, so you can enjoy a safe holiday without jeopardizing lives on the road.

  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
  • Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ridesharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If available, use your community’s sober ride program
  • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life.

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