New York State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force over Labor Day weekend as part of a national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DWI campaign.
"Troopers and local law enforcement will be highly visible this weekend, and if you drink and drive, you will get pulled over," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the campaign.
According to a news release from Cuomo’s office, the State Police goal is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired drivers during the holiday weekend.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints during the campaign, along with more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.
Over Labor Day Weekend 2016, the State Police made 220 DWI arrests and issued more than 11,000 tickets.
"Our goal during this campaign is to step up our enforcement efforts to ensure we can take intoxicated and drug impaired drivers off our roadways before they injure or kill other motorists and their passengers,” said State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II.
“Year-round our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety,” Beach added. “We can always do more to make our roads safer for New Yorkers."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in 2015. On average, one person is killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-impaired driving crash.
In 2015, more than 300 people were killed in New York State in crashes involving drugs, alcohol, or both. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, 28 percent of all fatal crashes in New York State in 2015 involved alcohol. A total of 44,501 drivers were arrested on drunk and drug-impaired driving charges that year.