December 15, 2017
ALBANY, NY (WENY) -- On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced State Police, along with local law enforcement, will be participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national crackdown on impaired driving.
The campaign kicks off Friday, December 15th and runs through Saturday, December 30th. State Police will also be conducting an enforcement period over New Year's Eve, from Sunday, December 31, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during both campaigns.
"The holiday season is among the busiest travel times of the year and with families traveling near and far to visit loved ones, our law enforcement agencies will be redoubling their efforts to crack down on dangerous and impaired drivers," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
"I ask all motorists to stay safe, be responsible and obey the rules of the road in order to avoid unnecessary tragedies," he added.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the "Move Over Law," which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road. State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.
The Have a Plan app can help. The free app from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation allows you to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share, and to review the consequences of impaired driving. You can even use the app to report a drunk or drugged driver. The app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows smart phones.