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New York State Police Announce Crackdown
on Impaired Driving This Memorial Day Weekend


May 20, 2020   10:15 a.m.

    PRESS RELEASE

    New York State Police Announce Crackdown on Impaired Driving This
    Memorial Day Weekend

    The New York State Police will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired and
    reckless driving throughout this Memorial Day weekend. The STOP-DWI
    enforcement period starts on Friday, May 22, and runs through Tuesday, May
    26. State Police and our local law enforcement partners will be out in force to
    remove impaired and reckless drivers from our highways.

    State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “As we take time this Memorial
    Day to honor those who died in service to our county, we remind motorists to
    make safety the top priority. If your holiday plans include alcohol, please arrange
    for a safe ride home. Driving impaired is a choice that often has serious and even
    deadly consequences.  State Troopers will be highly visible this weekend, and
    will have zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers.”

    Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols during this
    holiday weekend. Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and
    Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown
    in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. These
    vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency
    vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated. Troopers will also conduct an
    underage drinking enforcement detail.

    According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR)
    at the University at Albany, drunk driving killed 295 people and injured 5,340
    others in New York State during 2018. Another 314 people were killed in drug-
    related crashes.

    NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “As
    we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, we can honor their sacrifices
    by protecting one another through responsible driving. It is more important than
    ever that we all do our part to spare our hospitals from avoidable emergencies.
    Remember to have a plan to get home safely. If you are driving, put your phone
    away, avoid distractions, and follow the rules of the road.”   

    This initiative is partially funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The
    GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that
    their “Have a Plan” mobile app is available for Apple, Droid and Windows
    smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi service and
    program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and
    penalties, and a way to even report a suspected impaired driver.

    On Memorial Day weekend in 2019, Troopers arrested 225 people for drinking
    and driving, issued 13,693 total tickets, and investigated 134 personal injury
    crashes, which resulted in four fatalities.  In addition to the New York State
    Police, numerous counties and agencies throughout the state also participate in
    the annual Memorial Day Crackdown.