At this time last week, many of us were busy eating and celebrating Thanksgiving 2014 with family and friends. Unfortunately, many of us were also busy receiving traffic tickets according to a report released by the New York State police which highlights the results of the increased traffic enforcement during the holiday weekend.
The 2014 Thanksgiving traffic blitz, in effect from Wednesday, November 26, 2014, through Sunday, November 30, 2014, was a special traffic safety initiative to increase speed enforcement across the state during the holiday weekend, as well as to target impaired driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving.
During the campaign regular patrols statewide were supplemented and the effort incorporated fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative, and the “Operation Hang-Up” initiative, which targets distracted motorists through the use of undercover patrol cars.
According to the report, the blitz resulted in New York State police issuing a whopping total of 11,198 traffic citations statewide between Wednesday and Sunday last week. Troopers were also on the look-out for motorists driving without seatbelts and those who failed to move over for police or other emergency vehicles. A sampling of the tickets issued last weekend can be found below:
- Speeding: 4,327 citations
- Distracted Driving: 565 citations
- DWI: 172 citations
- Move Over: 138 citations
Despite these high figures, many of these offenses were actually less ticketed than during 2013’s Thanksgiving Blitz. Speeding citations fell from 4,459 in 2013 (a 3% reduction) and distracted driving citations fell nearly 34%, from 854 in 2013. We can only guess that the reduction is due to the winter weather and poor road conditions in much of the state—people were actually driving more carefully!
If you were issued a New York traffic citation during Thanksgiving Weekend or anytime contact Rosenblum Law at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation with one of our experienced traffic attorneys.