During Thanksgiving weekend, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be participating in a crackdown on traffic violations such as impaired and distracted driving, speeding and violating the “move over” law.
The crackdown period will run from today through Sunday, and it will include things such as sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker enforcement, and “Operation Hang Up” in which troopers use unmarked patrol vehicles to blend in with traffic and better spot drivers talking or texting on their phones.
According to state police, the highest traffic volumes of the year typically occur during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and it’s also a time when alcohol consumption is common. During the enforcement period during the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, troopers arrested 245 drivers for DWI, issued 5,417 speeding tickets, issued 673 tickets for distracted driving and issued 265 tickets for the move over law.
State police, the NY Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Department of Motor Vehicles recommend the following tips to prevent drunk driving:
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
- If you're impaired, use a taxi or ridesharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- Use your community's sober ride program;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.