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State police made nearly 800 arrests for impaired driving this holiday season

State police say they handed out thousands of tickets and made nearly 800 arrests for impaired driving over the holiday season.

Posted: Jan 22, 2019 1:17 PM

State police say they handed out thousands of tickets and made nearly 800 arrests for impaired driving over the holiday season.

It was all part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic enforcement period. 

They say a total of 48,877 tickets were issued, as well as 783 people that were arrested.

The initiative targeted impaired and reckless drivers from December 13, 2018 and ended January 1, 2019.

Troopers also say they investigated 643 personal injury crashes, which resulted in 8 fatalities.

During the 2017 campaign, state police handed out 43,094 total tickets and arrested 667 motorists for impaired driving.

They say this year they increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers. 

Other tickets issued:
Speeding 16,169
Distracted Driving 9,573
Seatbelt violations 1,223
Move Over Law 437

The 19-day campaign was funded by the Governor Andrew Cuomo's Traffic Safety Committee.

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