New York State Police have announced a significant traffic enforcement initiative targeting impaired and reckless driving over the Thanksgiving holiday period. This enforcement campaign, running from November 22 through November 26 aims to enhance road safety during one of the busiest travel times of the year.
Acting Superintendent Dominick L. Chiumento emphasized the importance of safe driving during the holidays, highlighting the devastating consequences of reckless and impaired driving. Chiumento urged those celebrating with alcohol to plan for a safe ride home, either by designating a sober driver or utilizing other transportation options. The initiative, supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), will see an increase in regular patrols, including fixed sobriety checkpoints. The State Police will also deploy Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to identify and stop distracted drivers.
The Thanksgiving weekend typically sees a spike in traffic volume and alcohol consumption. During the 2022 Thanksgiving enforcement period, State troopers arrested 213 drivers for DWI and issued thousands of citations for speeding and distracted driving. The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation are promoting the “Have a Plan” mobile app to help New Yorkers find taxi or rideshare services and understand DWI laws.
The State Police, along with the GTSC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, advise planning a safe way home before festivities begin, designating a sober driver, and using community sober ride programs. They also encourage the public to report suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement. The initiative serves as a reminder of the severe consequences of impaired driving, including potential arrest, jail time, fines, and other significant legal and financial repercussions.
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