NYSP ride along ahead of Memorial Day weekend

May 24, 2019 11:29 PM

SAND LAKE - Trooper Michael Scesny has been on patrol with the New York State Police for five years. 

He knows that with the Memorial Day Holiday upon us, people will be attending backyard barbeques but he wants people to remember, it's not just their lives their risking if they decide to drink and drive.

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"Victims that get hit by impaired drivers, that are obeying the law, and let's say they get hit head on, all their family members have to live with that also," Trooper Scesny said.

He, along with his fellow troopers will be watching for drivers swerving on the road. He offers this advice if you see those lights in your rearview mirror.

"We try to pull people over in places that are safe to us we avoid curbs or hillcrests so, if we do have our lights on that's our way of telling you, please pull over as soon as possible because this is the safest place for both of us to be stopped on the side of the road," Trooper Scesny said.

Getting pulled over can be an emotional and intimidating experience for some, but Trooper Scecny says the best thing you can do is remain calm and keep your hands visible.  

"The last thing I want to do in a situation is heighten peoples nerves."

Scesny explains that the academy trains troopers to engage in a non-confrontational way, using a type of 'verbal judo' to put people at ease.

Other than patrolling for impaired driving, state police will be watching out for the typical vehicle infractions. 

"You're looking at tires, your license plate, your inspection, your registrations, your windshields."


Karen Tararache

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