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189 people were arrested for driving while impaired during Halloween weekend in New York

The New York State Police Department issued over 11,500 tickets during Halloween Weekend. Over 4,000 of these were speeding tickets.

A total of 11,601 tickets were issued over the Halloween Weekend and, according to Governor Kathy Hochul, 189 people were arrested for driving under the influence.

The initiative was targeting speeding and impaired drivers during the Halloween weekend from Friday Oct. 28 through Tuesday Nov. 1.

“I applaud the State Police and our law enforcement partners for their commitment to keeping dangerous and impaired drivers off the roads this Halloween,” Governor Hochul said. “Through enforcement campaigns like this, my administration will continue to crack down on impaired and reckless driving to prevent needless tragedies and make New York roads safer for all.”


“I applaud the tremendous work put forth by our members and law enforcement partners that have contributed to the success of this enforcement. We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. We want to remind drivers to make responsible choices every time they get behind the wheel. Our Troopers will remain committed and vigilant in keeping impaired and reckless drivers off the roadways every day,” New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli said.

During the campaign, police used sobriety checkpoints and added more DWI patrols. Drivers who were distracted and using electronics were also targeted over the weekend.

The following tickets were given for these reasons in addition to the DWI surveillance

  • Speeding, 4,129 tickets
  • Distracted driving, 233 tickets
  • Seatbelt violations, 406 tickets
  • Mover over law, 104 tickets

The following regions saw these total number of tickets

  • Western NY, 1,063 tickets
  • North Country, 784 tickets
  • Southern Tier, 1,094 tickets
  • Central NY, 1,226 tickets
  • Finger Lakes, 1,186 tickets
  • Upper Hudson Valley, 1,191 tickets
  • Capital Region, 1,051 tickets
  • Lower Hudson Valley, 1,134 tickets
  • Long Island, 804 tickets
  • New York City, 550 tickets
  • NYS Thruway, 1,518 tickets
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