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NYS Police warn against drunk drivers on the roads during 4th of July

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 18:16:26-04

NYS Police expect to see more drunk drivers around big holidays, like the 4th of July.  And this weekend in Western New York was no different.

"The impaired drivers are out on the road," Trooper James O'Callaghan said.  "We have made a lot of arrests already this weekend between Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

Alcohol is at the center of the issues the state police deal with most frequently in the summer months, especially around holidays.

"Our biggest thing we have to deal with is we will have a lot of impaired drivers and we will have a lot of impaired individuals," O'Callaghan said.

Those intoxicated individuals can cause problems for other people, but also themselves.  O'Callaghan explains that people walking home from late night 4th of July events can unintentionally get hit by cars.

"A driver has to just cautiously drive as they're leaving something like this, a big event like this," he said.  "The people walking on the sides of the roads with their families may be impaired and they may walk out in front of you."

So NYS Police are warning drivers to keep an extra eye out for pedestrians as they make their way home this 4th of July.