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NYS launches impaired driving crackdown for St. Patrick’s Day

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced the implementation of a statewide campaign aimed at curbing impaired and reckless driving during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. From March 15 to March 17, 2024, New York State Police, along with local law enforcement agencies, will increase patrols and set up sobriety checkpoints to detect and deter driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This initiative is part of an annual effort funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to ensure public safety during high-risk periods.

Emphasizing the importance of celebrating responsibly, Governor Hochul, who takes pride in her Irish heritage, reminded New Yorkers that driving while impaired is inexcusable and urged those partaking in festivities to arrange safe transportation home. The enforcement campaign will also target distracted driving and illegal sales to minors, with checks at retail establishments to prevent underage drinking.

Reflecting on the success of the previous year’s enforcement, New York State Police arrested nearly 1,000 individuals for DWI, highlighting the critical need for such measures. State officials encouraged everyone to prioritize safety, designate sober drivers, and contribute to keeping the roads safe for all.