New York State Police to Crack Down on Impaired Driving This Weekend
The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations get underway starting this weekend. This special traffic enforcement detail, which is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), begins on Friday, March 17, 2023, and runs through Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Drivers can expect to encounter additional DWI patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the enforcement period. State Police will also be ticketing districted drivers who are using handheld electronic devices and will conduct checks at retail establishments targeting underage drinking and unlawful sales to minors during the campaign.
During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day impaired driving enforcement, Troopers arrested 381 people for DWI, issued 754 tickets for distracted driving and 26,594 tickets in total.
Drunk driving kills more than 11,500 people each year in our country. One person every 45 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. Charges related to impaired driving carry fines of up to $10,000.