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Law enforcement out in force this Thanksgiving to crack down on drunk, distracted driving

Posted 11/23/22

This Thanksgiving holiday will see another law enforcement crackdown on drunken and distracted driving.

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Law enforcement out in force this Thanksgiving to crack down on drunk, distracted driving

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This Thanksgiving holiday will see another law enforcement crackdown on drunken and distracted driving — with state troopers, multiple county sheriff’s departments and local police officers all taking part.

The crackdown will see increased patrols from all major law enforcement agencies, including the state police, along with sobriety checkpoints and other enforcement efforts. Officers will be driving both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, the announcement said, adding that the crackdown started on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 27.

“This Thanksgiving week and through the weekend, millions will hit the roads to spend time with family and friends in one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

“Please do not let this joyous time end in tragedy by driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our law enforcement agencies will be heavily patrolling our roadways to make sure that everyone gets to their destinations safely and enjoys the holiday season.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 185 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period in 2020. From 2016-2020, 821 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes during the entire Thanksgiving holiday period.

According to law enforcement officials, research shows that high-visibility law enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

Officials said the checkpoints also play a key part in raising awareness.

The New York State STOP-DWI Association sponsors these statewide crackdowns over every major holiday, and the Super Bowl, throughout the year.

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