The New York State Police is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies
around the state to step up their patrolling and enforcement of drunk
and distracted driving this week of Saint Patrick's Day.
East Niagara Post reports, augmented efforts to police roads, streets, highways, and liquor stores
all over the state have been active since Saturday, March 12 and will
continue through Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day).
The State Police and other agencies will be:
- Setting up additional sobriety checkpoints
- Deploying additional DWI patrols
- Monitoring liquor stores for underage drinking/sales to minors
- Issuing tickets for distracted driving
"State Police and local law enforcement will be out in full force
over the coming days to help ensure a safe holiday," Governor Cuomo
said earlier this week. "This state has zero tolerance for reckless
and impaired driving and I encourage all New Yorkers to celebrate responsibly
in order to help prevent senseless tragedies."
"The State Police urge everyone to have a plan this St. Patrick’s
Day. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver. A day of celebrating
can quickly turn to tragedy because of impaired driving," New York
State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told the press. "Help
us to keep New York' roads the safest in the nation by planning ahead
to stay safe."
Saint Patrick's Day by the Numbers
Saint Patrick's Day has become notorious for excessive drinking and,
concurrently, an uptick in dangerous drunk driving. National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration data reveals that it is one of the deadliest national
holidays when it comes to drunk driving crashes: from 2010 to 2014, 266
deaths occurred on the road during the holiday period.
That is why the New York State Police take the holiday so seriously. According
to the agency's data, in 2015, Saint Patrick's Day weekend yielded 264
DWI arrests and more than 14,000 tickets.
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