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NY State Police Stepping Up DWI Patrols on Saint Patrick's Day

NY State Police Stepping Up DWI Patrols on Saint Patrick's Day

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. As the 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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