More than 250 St. Patrick's Day weekend arrests made for impaired driving

The STOP DWI initiative started on Friday, March 15 and continued through Monday, March 18.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 5:05 PM

State police arrested more than 250 people for impaired driving over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend – and that includes a total of 30 tickets just in the Central New York region.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office says troopers issued 13,038 tickets statewide during their DWI crackdown, and arrested 259 for driving impaired.

The STOP DWI initiative started on Friday, March 15 and continued through Monday, March 18.

"New York has zero tolerance for reckless or impaired driving and St. Patrick's Day weekend is no excuse to engage in illegal behavior," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "These results send a message to drivers that we will continue to aggressively enforce the law to keep our highways safe."

During the 2018 campaign, Troopers issued nearly 12,959 total tickets and arrested 243 motorists for impaired driving.

Troopers increased patrols and made sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding, aggressive and distracted drivers across the state.

Speeding: 4,514
Distracted Driving: 371
Seatbelt violations: 374
Move Over Law: 188

In Central New York there were 30 DWI arrests, 438 speeding tickets, 45 distracted driving tickets, 47 child restrain/seat belt tickets, and 12 move over violations, totaling 1,346.

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