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Over 8,000 tickets issued in Finger Lakes during holiday campaign

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During the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement campaign, New York State Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee reported issuing over 8,000 tickets in Central New York and the Finger Lakes region. The campaign, which ran from December 13, 2023, to January 1, 2024, aimed to curb impaired and reckless driving during the holiday season.

Statewide, a total of 106,509 tickets were issued. The enforcement included sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and focused on penalizing distracted drivers. Troopers used marked and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to identify lawbreakers effectively. These CITE vehicles, which blend into regular traffic, become clearly marked as emergency vehicles when necessary.

In the Finger Lakes region, the campaign resulted in 4,221 tickets, including 1,205 for speeding and 41 for DWI. The Central New York area saw 3,891 tickets issued, while on the NYS Thruway, 5,544 tickets were given out. This extensive enforcement effort highlights the ongoing commitment to maintaining road safety and reducing traffic-related incidents, especially during peak holiday travel times.