New York State Police are teaming up with local law enforcement agencies throughout New York to crack down on drunk driving over the upcoming holiday season.
Police officers are warning drivers in the State of New York that there will be a significant increase in the number of DWI sobriety checkpoints as well as roving patrol vehicles on the roadways during the weeks leading up to the New Year.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” Campaign
The DUI enforcement campaign, also known as “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over,” is an annual initiative that focuses on preventing drunk driving incidents over the holiday season.
According to a recent press release from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, there will be additional State Troopers out on the roads looking for impaired drivers during this holiday season and additional sobriety checkpoints will be set up to catch drunk drivers. Governor Cuomo also announced that New York State Police will be working in tandem with local law enforcement agencies to participate in this year’s initiative to crack down on drunk driving as the year comes to an end.
“The holiday season is among the busiest travel times of the year and with families traveling near and far to visit loved ones, our law enforcement agencies will be redoubling their efforts to crack down on dangerous and impaired drivers,” Governor Cuomo said. “I ask all motorists to stay safe, be responsible and obey the rules of the road in order to avoid unnecessary tragedies.”
When Does The Initiative Begin?
The “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign officially began on Friday, December 15th and is scheduled to run through Saturday, December 30th.
Furthermore, Governor Cuomo announced that a similar initiative will take place from Sunday, December 31st, through Monday, January 1st, with a particular focus on enforcing drunk driving laws over New Year’s Eve.
Both initiatives will include additional State Troopers and more sobriety checkpoints on the roadways.
Statistics From Last Year’s DUI Enforcement Efforts
Law enforcement agencies throughout the State of New York participate in the annual “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign to crack down on drunk driving every single year. According to data, State Police issued 33,153 tickets during the “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” campaign including 11,319 speeding tickets, 1,2017 tickets for distracted driving and 421 tickets for the “Move Over Law.”
There were also 571 people arrested on DWI charges and 15 people killed in motor vehicle accidents during the DUI crackdown last year.
How To Get Home Safely This Holiday Season
The end of the year is a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. However, holiday celebrations often involve the consumption of alcohol so it is important to plan ahead in order to ensure a safe ride home for yourself as well as your friends and family members.
Terri Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting GTSC Chair, said “The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and we want New Yorkers to celebrate them responsibly and safely. Don’t end the year with a tragedy or an arrest. Make a plan for how you will get home before you head out for an evening to celebrate with family and friends.”
Download The “Have A Plan” App
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation have created a free smartphone application called the “Have A Plan App” which is designed to help you get home safely after a night of drinking. The free app allows users to designate a driver, call a cab or ride share service, and learn about the consequences of drunk driving in New York.
You can download the app for free on all Apple, Android and Windows smartphones.
Tips From New York State Police & National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To keep our roads safer this holiday season, the New York State Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer these tips:
- Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- Use your community’s sober ride program;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.
Arrested For Drunk Driving Over The Holidays? Call Our DUI Lawyers
Were you or someone you know arrested on drunk driving charges over the holiday season?
The consequences of a DUI conviction can be serious and can have long-lasting effect on your life. Many drivers convicted of driving while intoxicated must pay expensive fines and fees, in addition to a suspended drivers license. Some DUI convictions even require the offender to serve a prison sentence.
However, not all DUI arrests lead to convictions. Our DUI lawyers have successfully defended the rights of drivers throughout the State of New York for decades and have helped many drivers facing DUI charges. We are dedicated to aggressively representing our clients and work tirelessly to obtain the most favorable outcome for our clients after a DWI arrest in New York.
You can contact one of our office locations today for a free consultation with one of our DUI attorneys to learn about your legal rights.