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State police stepping up DWI patrols for Halloween

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: October 26, 2019 11:11 AM
Created: October 26, 2019 10:23 AM

For anyone who thinks they can get away with drunk driving on Halloween night, state police want to make sure you don't have a ghost of a chance.

Trooper Kerra Burns tells NewsChannel 13 drivers can expect to see an increase in sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols.

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There are numbers to justify the beefed up police patrols. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that from 2013 to 2017, 158 people were killed nationwide on Halloween night. Of those fatalities, 42 percent involved impaired drivers.

During the Halloween holiday one year ago, New York State Police investigated more than 1,700 vehicle crashes that resulting in 251 injuries and three fatalities.

However, Trooper Burns says there's good news in that more people who drink on Halloween night are using ridesharing services now.

Hear some of her advice to keep you and your kids safe on Halloween, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


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