State Police to Crack Down on Impaired and Reckless
Driving During Super Bowl Weekend
Published: February 10, 2024
at 10:15 a.m.
By: Press Release from New York State Police
State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless
driving during Super Bowl weekend
The New York
State Police will crack down on impaired and reckless driving during Super
Bowl weekend. The special STOP-DWI enforcement campaign, funded by the
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, will include increased patrols and
sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify, and arrest impaired drivers, as
well as underage drinker enforcement. The enforcement initiative runs from
Friday, February 9, 2024, through Sunday, February 11, 2024.
New York State
Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James said, “The New
York State Police and our law enforcement partners remain steadfast in our
commitment to keep drunk and drug impaired drivers off our roads. Those
celebrating the big game should do so safely by planning ahead and ensuring
that only a sober driver gets behind the wheel. We have zero
tolerance for those irresponsible drivers, whose poor decisions endanger
the public. Troopers, Deputies and Officers will be out in force this
weekend to keep the roadways safe for all.”
efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the number of
drinking and driving fatalities, too many lives are still being lost
because of crashes caused by impaired drivers. During the 2023 Super Bowl
campaign, State Police arrested 183 people for impaired driving and issued
11,865 total tickets.
enforcement period, drivers can expect a number of
sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will be using both marked
State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE)
vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more
easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving.
These vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are unmistakable as
emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and
hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.
driving conviction carries a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 7 years in
prison and license revocation.
If you are hosting, you’re the team captain! Designate a responsible driver
now to help your guests get home safely:
- Ask all of your
guests to designate their sober drivers in advance or help them
arrange ridesharing with sober drivers. If
you don’t drink, offer to drive guests home.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic
beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third
quarter—this is a good time to serve coffee and dessert.
- Sign up online for a ridesharing service or
keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the
keys away from any guests who are thinking of driving after drinking.
- The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and
the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation “Have a Plan” mobile app,
is available for Apple, Android 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.
- Remember, if you serve a guest alcohol and he
or she gets in a crash that night, you could be held liable.
- If an underage person drinks and drives, the
parent or guardian can be legally liable for any damage, injury or
death caused by the underage driver.