New York State Police to Crack Down on Impaired
Driving this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
Published: March 16, 2023 at
By: Press Release from New York State Police
New York State
Police to crack down on impaired driving this St. Patrick’s Day weekend
16 March 2023
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Vincent T. Lightcap
Troop D Commander
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.
expect to encounter additional DWI patrols and sobriety checkpoints during
the enforcement period. State Police will also be ticketing distracted 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.
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.
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
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.
The New York
State Police and the GTSC ask you to commit to following these easy steps,
so you can enjoy a safe holiday without jeopardizing lives on the road.
- Before the
festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the
- Before you start drinking, designate a sober
driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ridesharing
service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public
transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- If available, use your community’s sober ride
- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as
drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call
local law enforcement. You could save a life.
The GTSC and the
New York State STOP-DWI Foundation’s “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 report a suspected impaired driver.