Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and impaired driving this Halloween weekend. The special traffic enforcement detail, which is coordinated and funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and county STOP-DWI programs, will begin Friday, October 28 and continue through Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
"Time and time again, we have seen this holiday become the date of avoidable tragedies caused by dangerous, reckless and unacceptable behavior behind the wheel," Governor Cuomo said. "To keep our roadways safe, the state will increase the presence of law enforcement in every community and I urge all New Yorkers to assist in these efforts by making responsible decisions so that everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 52 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher. During the Halloween initiative in 2015, New York State Police arrested 167 people for DWI and issued more than 7,600 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations. Troopers also responded to more than 737 crashes, which killed two people and injured 85 others. In addition, 26 counties participated in last year’s Halloween crackdown resulting in 77 DWI/DWAI arrests, 11 DWAI-Drugs only arrests, 85 other arrests and 904 Vehicle and Traffic summonses.
State and local law enforcement will be extra vigilant in their efforts to protect families and their loved ones on New York’s roadways, as Halloween falls on a Monday this year. Motorists can expect to see a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols over the weekend. Troopers will also conduct a special enforcement detail to crack down on the sale of alcohol to minors.
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has also issued a new video to deter underage drinking and encourage responsible decision making. The video urges New York parents, pedestrians, and holiday partygoers to take extra precautions this Halloween Weekend.
State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "Halloween is a weekend of fun, but can also be a lesson in responsibility on New York’s roadways. We urge drivers to be smart and make the right choice to not drink and drive. Please use other resources to not get behind a wheel this Halloween weekend. Troopers will be out in force making sure this Halloween is a safe one on the roads."