Stop DWI crackdown across NY for St. Patrick's Day weekend

DWI crackdown

State and local police will be out this weekend making sure people are not drinking and driving during St. Patrick's Day festivities.

The crackdown will run Friday, March 15th through Monday, March 18th. According to Governor Cuomo, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols.

"If your plans for St. Patrick's Day weekend include alcohol, please make the responsible decision and plan for a safe ride home," Governor Cuomo said. "One bad decision can turn celebration into tragedy, and state and local law enforcement will be out in full force to keep our roadways safe."

During the St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement effort last year, New York State Troopers made 243 arrests for DWI and issued nearly 13,000 tickets. This is according to NY State.

"State Troopers will be out in force and highly visible this weekend, and as always, will have zero tolerance for drinking and driving, said State Police Acting Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. "Make safety your number one priority, plan ahead now for a sober ride home, and don't be a risk to yourself or others who are out on the roads."

The traffic enforcement detail is funded through the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

The St. Patrick's Day holiday period is one of the deadliest holiday times. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 234 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the holiday period between 2013 to 2017.

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