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July 3, 2014

Police beef up patrols for holiday weekend

The New York State Police have announced that it will increase DWI and distracted driving patrols during this Fourth of July weekend.

The crackdown, today through Sunday, will include more than 500 electronic message boards across the state stating “Don’t Drink and Drive… it’s the Law” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” 

“This holiday weekend, State Police will be out in force to crack down on dangerous drivers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a media release. “The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and through this campaign we are working to keep our roads safe for all travelers. As we celebrate this important holiday, I urge all New Yorkers to drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road.”

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols. Troopers will be using both marked marekd and unmarked vehicles as part of the operation. These vehicles allow troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving.

Last year, the New York State Police issued more than 10,000 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend. That’s compared to just more than 3,200 in 2012. On Fourth of July weekend in 2013 alone, troopers ticketed 2,000 more speeders, and made 100 more DWI arrests than in 2012.

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