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State Police report drop in Memorial Day DWI arrests

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Posted at 4:08 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 16:08:46-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Police are reporting a year-to-year decrease in the amount of DWI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend.

According to stats released on Wednesday, State Police issued more than 8,900 tickets during the special traffic enforcement blitz over the holiday weekend. During the campaign, which started on May 22 and run thru the early hours of May 26, State Police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to identify drunk, impaired and dangerous drivers.

During this enforcement period, State Troopers say they arrested 203 people for DWI, and investigated 457 crashes, which injured 11 people. State Police responded to two fatal crashes during the weekend.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted drivers speeding and aggressive drivers across the state, issuing a total of 8,907 tickets for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued, provided by State Police:

Speeding: 3,332
Distracted Driving: 171
Seatbelt violations: 420
Move Over Law: 109

During last year’s Memorial Day enforcement State Police issued 13,693 tickets and arrested 225 people for DWI.