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State Police crackdown on holiday travel this Thanksgiving weekend

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 13:27:54-05

You know the drill. 

New York State Police along with local law enforcement agencies will participate in a "special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement initiative."

The initiative is an effort to deter unsafe driving during the Thanksgiving holiday. The crackdown period will run from Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th.

State Police will have fixed sobriety checkpoints and unmarked vehicles. 

During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers arrested 245 drivers for DWI, issued 5,417 speeding tickets, 673 tickets for distracted driving, and 265 tickets for the move over law. 

State Police offer these tips to prevent drunk driving (and a possible ticket from them):

  • Designate a sober driver
  • Use a taxi or ride-sharing service
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to call local police
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements