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DWI crackdown for holiday weekend

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Posted at 6:40 AM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 06:41:03-04

Gov. Cuomo is announcing a state-wide crackdown on drunk and impaired driving, through the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

New York State Police, the State Liquor Authority, and the Department of Motor Vehicles will all be pitching in. This campaign includes extra DWI patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and increased efforts to catch underage drinking. This is all part of a push to keep the roads safe and prevent accidents, Cuomo says.

"There is nothing wrong with celebrating as long as you celebrate responsibly. If you are going to be drinking this St. Patrick's Day, have a plan and designate a sober driver," says New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II.

State officials say the STOP-DWI Foundation has a mobile app that can help you find and call taxis. That app also provides a way to report drunk drivers.

During the 2016 St. Patrick's Day weekend, Troopers made 257 DWI arrests and wrote more than 17,000 tickets.