According to the New York State Police, the 4th of July weekend crackdown resulted in a total of 10,759 tickets. The ticket blitz, which was in effect from Friday, July 3, 2015 to Monday, July 6, 2015, focused on speeding, Move Over violations, and drunk driving. In addition to regular marked State Police vehicles, troopers also used Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles, which allow police officers to blend in with everyday traffic and more easily identify distracted drivers using their cell phones.
More than 12,885 vehicles passed through designated sobriety checkpoints over the course of the holiday weekend, resulting in 198 arrests. These checkpoints combined with tickets stops resulted in a total of 17 arrests for DWI and an additional 205 arrests for other offenses.
Tickets were given out for a variety of additional violations as well. According to the NYSP news release, citations were issued for the following offenses:
- Move Over Law: 186 citations
- Distracted Driving: 310 citations
- Child Restraint/Safety Violations: 621 citations
- Speeding: 4,523 citations
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “The Fourth of July is known for its fun and fireworks, but New Yorkers should also remember it can also be fatal if they don’t make the right decision.”
Last year, police issued more than 10,200 tickets, arrested more than 180 people for DWI offenses, and investigated over 661 accidents. This year saw in an overall increase in these numbers, with a total of 722 accidents resulting in 198 people injured and two fatalities.
Even when the police do not officially announce a traffic ticket blitz, they are out in record numbers looking to pull you over. If you were issued a traffic citation during the 4th of July weekend or at any other time contact Rosenblum Law at 888-203-2619 for a free consultation with one of our experienced traffic attorneys.