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15 March 2019
New York State Police announce STOP DWI crackdown this St. Patrick’s Day
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
The New York State Police and local law enforcement will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations get underway starting this weekend. The effort will begin on Friday, March 15, 2019 and run through Monday, March 18, 2019.
Drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, underage drinking and sales to minors details during the campaign. State Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers who use handheld electronic devices.
State Police Acting Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “State Troopers will be out in force and highly visible this weekend, and as always, will have zero tolerance for drinking and driving. Make safety your number one priority, plan ahead now for a sober ride home, and don’t be a risk to yourself or others who are out on the roads.”
During the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, Troopers made 243 arrests for DWI and issued nearly 13,000 tickets.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2013 to 2017 saw the loss of 234 lives due to drunk-driving crashes.
In 2017 alone, 59 people (37% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2017, three-fourths (75%) of crash fatalities nationwide involved a drunk driver.
Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country. One person every 53 minutes dies of an alcohol related crash and every one of those deaths is preventable.
Choosing to drive drunk can ruin or end your life or someone else’s. This St. Patrick’s Day, if you drink and drive, you face jail time, the loss of your license, a higher insurance rate, and dozens of unanticipated expenses. An impaired driving charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000.
This enforcement campaign is funded through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC).
The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA ask you to commit to following these easy steps, so you can enjoy a safe holiday without jeopardizing lives on the road.
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