State Police cracking down on drunk, distracted drivers this holiday season

State Police cracking down on impaired driving

State Police cracking down on impaired driving during the holiday season.

New York State Police is cracking down on impaired and reckless driving this holiday season.

This is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative. It began on Wednesday and continues through New Year’s Day. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign.

Troopers will also be watching for distracted drivers, people not wearing seatbelts and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to use extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road, police said. 

There will also be special details to crack down on underage drinking.

State Police will be using both marked and unmarked vehicles as a part of the operation.

Police arrested 453 people for DWI during last year’s crackdown, and issued 32,934 tickets, including 11,305 tickets for speeding, 912 for distracted driving, and 316 for the “Move Over Law.” 

This campaign is sponsored by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

People are asked to plan a safe way home before celebrating and use a taxi or ridesharing service to avoid driving impaired.