Labor Day weekend traditionally results in heavy traffic volumes throughout the state. Unfortunately, this increased flow of traffic brings with it, increased accidents, serious injuries and fatalities.
Since the holiday weekend is marked by increased travel and alcohol consumption, law enforcement officials across the country have chosen to jointly participate in the campaign. The State Police goal is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts.
Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said, "Our goal during this campaign is to step up our enforcement efforts to ensure we can take intoxicated and drug impaired drivers off our roadways before they injure or kill other motorists and their passengers. Year-round our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety. We can always do more to make our roads safer for New Yorkers.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people every year. On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-impaired driving crash.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints during the campaign, along with more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will also be watching for distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law.”
Over Labor Day Weekend 2013, the State Police made 180 DWI arrests and issued more than 9,000 traffic tickets.