Governor Cuomo announced today that the New York State Police will be working in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies throughout the State in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers over the days leading up to the Halloween holiday.
The increased DUI enforcement campaign will begin on Friday, October 27 and will run through the Halloween holiday on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. You can read the full press release for more information.
About The Annual DUI Initiative In New York
Each year the State of New York ramps up DUI enforcement efforts around the Halloween holiday.
New York State Troopers will be using marked State Police vehicles as well as Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles during this year’s crackdown. CITE vehicles are unmarked vehicles used by police officers to patrol traffic and are difficult for motorists to identify.
The increased patrolling vehicles and DUI crackdown efforts are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
What Is The Goal Of The DUI Enforcement Campaign?
The aim of the annual Halloween DUI Crackdown is to significantly reduce deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers and motorists operating under the influence of drugs. Halloween is known as a historically high rate of DUI-related injuries and deaths due to the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads as well as the increased number of pedestrians walking the streets at night.
The Halloween DUI Crackdown hopes to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol and also aims to catch intoxicated drivers on the road before they can cause harm to themselves or others.
In fact, more than 166 people were reportedly injured and a total of four people killed in DUI-related incidents during the Halloween DUI Crackdown last year. Troopers also arrested 245 people for DWI and issued more than 12,327 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations including speeding, wreckless driving .
Using The “Have A Plan App” To Get Home
The “Have a Plan” app is a smartphone application from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation.
The free app can be downloaded on Android, Apple and Windows smartphones. The “Have A Plan” app helps people to get home safely after consuming alcohol by allowing them to locate and call a taxi or ride share service like Uber or Lyft. The smartphone app also lets users create a list of designated-drivers. Furthermore, the program provides educational information related to the consumption of alcohol and relevant DWI laws.
Advocates of this year’s DWI crackdown initiative are encouraging individuals to download and use the app to get home safely.
“On Halloween and every day, it’s important to remember that the mistake of drinking and driving can haunt you for the rest of your life,” said Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting GTSC Chair. “We urge New Yorkers who plan to celebrate on Halloween and any evening to download the free ‘Have a Plan’ app so they know how they will get safely home.”
Advice From Governor Cuomo For Halloween
In addition to announcing the DUI Crackdown campaign, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made a few remarks regarding the initiative and the next few days leading up to Halloween.
“Once again, New York State Police and local law enforcement will be out in full force this Halloween weekend to crack down on impaired and distracted driving,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to stay safe, make responsible decisions and not get behind the wheel when under the influence.”