With Christmas and New Year’s Day rapidly approaching, State Police are participating once again in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Governor Andrew Cuomo says troopers and officers in departments around the Finger Lakes will be keeping a close watch for impaired drivers through the first day of 2018.
In a statement, Cuomo says the holiday season is among the busiest travel times of the year, and wants all drivers to be safe. DWI checkpoints will be set up across the state. The campaign got underway on Friday.
Last year during the same campaign, troopers wrote over 33-thousand tickets and made over 570 arrests for drunk driving.
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.