As many gear up for holiday parties and festivities, the NYSP are buckling down on drivers who drink and get behind the wheel. State police and local officers are participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign targeting drunk driving throughout the holiday season. The campaign started December 18th and will run through January 1st of the new year.
Multiple sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be set up along roadways throughout New York state. Troopers will be using marked police vehicles as well as Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles, which blend in with everyday traffic so officers can more easily identify drivers who are violating the law.
While many argue these traffic blitzes are nothing more than a way to generate revenue, the NYSP says these crackdowns are to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. During the 2013 holiday period, over 1,100 people were killed on the road nationwide and one-third of those fatalities were the result of a drunk driving incident. On Christmas Day alone, 23 people were killed by drunk drivers.
Last year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign generated over 49,000 tickets including 17,000 speeding tickets, 1,730 citations for distracted driving, and 697 tickets for violations of the Move Over Law. There were also more than 700 people arrested for DWI and 13 fatalities.
If you received a New York traffic ticket for impaired driving or any other offense, contact Rosenblum Law today at 888-203-261 for a free consultation.