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NYS Police issued more than 33,000 tickets during “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign

Dan McClelland

State police issued 33,153 tickets statewide during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, including 40 DWI arrests by Troop B, which covers St. Lawrence County.
The special traffic enforcement period from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, which also included local law enforcement agencies, was designed to reduce deaths and injuries caused by drunk or impaired driving.
The results for Troop B are as follows:
• DWI arrests: 40
• Speeding: 474
• Distracted driving: 38
• Child restraint/seat belt: 44
• Move over: 9
• Total tickets (includes other violations): 2,192
"Impaired driving is reckless, dangerous and illegal, and we have zero tolerance for it on New York's roadways," Governor Cuomo said. "I applaud the State Police and local law enforcement for their continued commitment to holding impaired drivers accountable to make our streets and our communities safer.”
State troopers arrested 571 people for DWI and investigated 644 personal-injury accidents, which resulted in 898 people injured. Fifteen people were killed in fourteen separate fatal motor vehicle accidents over the course of the campaign.
Troopers watched for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who were not properly buckled up, and drivers who violated the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.
Statewide, troopers handed out 11,319 speeding tickets, 1,107 distracted driving tickets, 819 seat belt tickets and 421 move over law tickets. Speeding 11,319.