More than 3,000 impaired driving tickets were issued during this season’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign, according to state officials.
The drunken driving crackdown ran from Aug. 19 through Sept. 7 and saw an increase in patrols and checkpoints from state police and other local law enforcement agencies. The crackdown is hosted by the state STOP-DWI office.
State officials said 3,262 tickets were issued for drunken or impaired driving, and a total of 116,292 tickets were issued for other vehicle and traffic violations, including speed and distracted driving.
“New York has zero tolerance for impaired driving and the results show reckless motorists will be caught and will be held accountable,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a release.
“Our message is simple: drive sober or plan for a safe ride home. Impaired driving puts you and all those sharing the road at risk — it’s just not worth it.”
The Drive Sober campaign is held several times throughout the year, supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. State officials said that, based on statistics, fatal crashes involving an impaired driver have decreased more than 19% from 2010 to 2019.