Over 100,000 tickets were issued throughout the state, the New York State Police and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee announced. The tickets were issued during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Traffic enforcement period during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The initiative targeted impaired and reckless drivers throughout the state and went from December 13th to January 1st.
The grand total was 106,509 tickets with 3,030 of those tickets being for impaired driving. State Troopers arrested 510 people for DWI and investigated 3,210 accidents, which resulted in 420 people being injured and five fatalities. The enforcement campaign included sobriety checkpoints, added DWI patrols, and ticketing drivers using handheld devices.
In Troop C, the State Police Troop which covers all of Cortland, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties, had 2,784 tickets issued for speeding, DWI, distracted driving, seatbelt violations, and move over violations.
The traffic enforcement campaigns are funded via the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Grant funding is intended to provide for supplemental traffic enforcement and engagement during those times of the year, like the holidays, when there is greater potential for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs to be on the road.