Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that State Police and local law enforcement statewide will be increasing patrols to combat drunk and impaired driving this Memorial Day weekend.
The initiative starts on Friday, May 27 and runs until Monday, May 30. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols by State Police and local law enforcement agencies during this holiday weekend.
“There is zero tolerance for reckless and impaired driving and state police and local law enforcement will be out in full force to help ensure a safe holiday weekend,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and celebrate responsibly in order to help keep our roads safe and prevent senseless tragedies.”
According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, drunk driving killed 317 people and injured more than 5,600 others in New York State in 2014. Another 188 people were killed in drug-related crashes.
On Memorial Day weekend in 2015, Troopers arrested 187 people for drinking and driving, and issued more than 12,000 tickets.