If you’ll be driving through New York State this Thanksgiving holiday make sure to be extra cautious. On top of the snowfall making for dangerous conditions, New York State Troopers will be holding a Thanksgiving weekend traffic ticket blitz in an effort to prevent highway tragedies and keep the roads safe.
Under the directive of New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, the special initiative will be in effect Wednesday, November 26, through Sunday, November 30, 2014. During this period police will be cracking down with extra patrols focusing on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving.
Included in the Thanksgiving blitz will be a distracted driving initiative known as “Operation Hang Up.” Like previous Operation Hang Up initiatives, State Police will target distracted drivers through the use of unmarked and undercover police patrol cars known as Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles. These CITE cars blend in with traffic but enable police to better identify drivers who are talking or texting on handheld devices.
A similar initiative was held last Thanksgiving weekend (2013) when troopers arrested 181 drivers for DWI, issued 4,459 speeding tickets, and cited 854 drivers for distracted driving. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend there were 301 people killed in traffic crashes across the nation.
This Thanksgiving we urge you to follow the New York State Police and NHTSA guidelines including:
- Obey all speed limits and traffic signs
- Move over when there are emergency vehicles on the shoulder
- If you’ll be drinking plan a safe way home BEFORE the fun begins and appoint someone as a designated driver
- If you are impaired, and there is no designated driver on hand, call a sober friend or family member or spend the money on a taxi.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement
- If you know someone that is going to drive impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements
Finally, if you do receive a traffic ticket this Thanksgiving weekend, give Rosenblum Law a call at 888-883-5529. Our top-rated traffic attorneys can explain the charges and penalties you’re facing and help you fight to get those penalties reduced or eliminated.