Those traveling in New York this Thanksgiving weekend should take extra care on the roads. New York State Police and local agencies are amping up enforcement of impaired driving, speeding, and distracted driving with a Thanksgiving holiday ticket blitz. The blitz will run from Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th .
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving weekend sees the highest volume of traffic. It is also a time when there is a vast amount of alcohol consumption, which leads to more car accidents. In 2014, there were 11 vehicular deaths in New York over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, ten of which cited speeding or alcohol as contributing factors.
This year, the crackdown will include a distracted driving initiative called Operation Hang Up. In line with previous Operation Hang Up blitzes, officers will target distracted drivers by using Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles that blend in with traffic and allow police to better identify drivers who are talking or texting on the road.
During last year’s Thanksgiving blitz, 172 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). In addition, police officers issued over 4,000 speeding tickets and more than 550 tickets for talking or texting with a handheld device.
“State troopers and local law enforcement will be out in force to help keep the roads safe and prevent needless tragedies during this busy holiday weekend. I urge all drivers to keep your eyes on the road, follow the law and drive as safely as possible,” said Governor Cuomo.
If you do receive a traffic ticket this Thanksgiving weekend, call the Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-883-5529. Our top-rated traffic attorneys can fight to reduce or eliminate the high fines and penalties associated with your ticket.