Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Keeping Roads Safe for Memorial Day

Horseheads Safety Checkpoint

May 25, 2012

        HORSEHEADS (WENY) --  The Memorial Day weekend is barely underway, and officers are already working to keep drivers and passengers safe.  "Our efforts tonight are two fold," said Sargeant Michael McDarby with the Horseheads state police on Friday night.  "One is to identify people who are intoxicated, and also someone who may not be restrained properly."

        Friday's checkpoint was part of Buckle Up NY, a statewide campaign focused on enforcing the state's seat belt law.  Troopers say it's important to stay vigilant this time of the year, when celebrations like Memorial Day, prom and graduation often lead to poor decisions.  They were also focused on finding distracted drivers.

        "It's just a very dangerous situation if you're not focused on the road, or you have your hand up to your ear," says McDarby.

         Local drivers say extra safety on the road this weekend is critical, whether you're staying home or going far.  "A lot of traffic on the roads, people coming in and out of town. So I could see why it's important for people to care a little more about safety on the road," says Robert Martin of Pine City.

        Troopers say above all else, be responsible.  Proper planning before going out can mean the difference between life and death for all drivers on the road.  "Don't overindulge, be responsible, try to make arrangements to have a designated driver or stay wherever it is that you'll be consuming alcohol," suggests McDarby.