Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police reported 242 arrests for driving while intoxicated during the Halloween DWI Crackdown on impaired driving. The campaign, which started Friday, October 28 and ended Tuesday, November 1, is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs.
“Drunk and impaired drivers pose serious dangers to themselves and other motorists,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend the State Police and local law enforcement for their continued vigilance in getting these dangerous drivers off of our roads, and protecting the safety of all New Yorkers.”
State Police and local law enforcement agencies also targeted drivers who were distracted, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, and not abiding by the “move over” law. The campaign was coordinated and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and county STOP-DWI programs.
State Troopers issued 11,497 total tickets, during the five-day campaign, including 4,342 for speeding, 322 for distracted driving, 333 for child restraint and seatbelt violations, and 176 for failing to “move over.” Additionally, Troopers investigated a total of 1,111 crashes, compared to 736 last year. Of these crashes, 227 people were injured, and 3 people were killed.
During last year’s 3-day campaign, State Police arrested 167 people for DWI, and issued total of 7,642 tickets.