State police arrested more than 700 drivers for drunk driving and issued nearly 44,000 tickets during an 18-day enforcement period. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which ran from Friday, August 19 to Monday, September 5, was aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired.
In a statement released Thursday, Sept. 8, Governor Andrew Cuomo said law enforcement officials arrested 739 individuals for DWI during the national crackdown. More than 200 arrests were made during Labor Day weekend alone.
“Impaired and reckless drivers are danger to themselves and others on New York’s roadways and we have zero tolerance for this dangerous and selfish behavior,” Governor Cuomo said. “I thank state and local law enforcement for their efforts to get these menaces out from behind the wheel and off our streets and for their continuing efforts to protect the safety of all New Yorkers.”
State Police and local law enforcement agencies wrote 43,704 total tickets throughout the campaign, including 17,555 for speeding, 1,413 for distracted driving, 2,306 for child restraint and seatbelt violations, and 531 for failure to move over.
The figures are a slight decline from the number of arrests made and tickets issued during the 2015 crackdown. Last year, police arrested 769 people for DWI and handed out 47,359 tickets, including 18,660 for speeding, 1,613 for distracted driving, 2,522 for child restraint and seatbelt violations, and 556 for move over violations.
Richard Mallow, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) New York, commended Cuomo for his efforts to reduce drunk driving, but said the state needs to go to the next level by allowing ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. New York insurance laws prohibit ride-sharing services from operating in many parts of the state, though the services are available in New York City and in most parts of Long Island.
“The facts are clear: ride-sharing can help decrease the number of DUI arrests, yet New York state remains one of the last places that doesn’t have access to a service that can make our communities safer,” Mallow said in a statement.
Drivers found with a BAC of 0.08% or higher can be charged with a DWI. A drunk driving conviction can result in over $1,000 in fines and up to one year in prison. It can also lead to your license being suspended or even revoked. If you or someone you love has been arrested for drunk driving or if you have been ticketed for speeding, failure to move over, or any other traffic violation, legal assistance is essential. The attorneys at the Rosenblum Law have extensive experience with criminal defense and traffic tickets in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.