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Expect a larger State Police presence this weekend as the holiday approaches

New York State Police will be paying close attention to drivers with an upcoming extended weekend.

The enforcement period started on Thursday, October 7, 2021, and runs through Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Traffic volumes increase significantly on Columbus Day weekend due to fall tourism.

“During this campaign, State Troopers and our law enforcement partners will be highly visible and looking for motorists driving in an unsafe manner. As always, we will have zero tolerance for those who endanger others by driving recklessly,” said Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen with Troop D.

Motorists who are traveling this weekend can expect to encounter sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols. Troopers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe driving violations. These vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

The State Police are reminding all motorists to be safe, don’t drink and drive, stay off their mobile phones while driving, drive the speed limit, and buckle up all occupants. The main goal of this initiative is to deter unsafe driving behaviors and raise awareness of the importance of traffic safety.

This initiative is partially funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid, and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, and a way to even report a suspected impaired driver.

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