Law enforcers begin crackdown on DWI, distracted driving

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The New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will conduct a crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during the holiday travel season.

The increased patrols and checkpoints will run from today through Friday, Jan. 1. This is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement campaign to cut down on alcohol and drug-related crashes. “Motorists who drive under the influence not only put themselves at risk, but endanger the lives of everyone else,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

In last year’s holiday crackdown, officials said 5,677 people were charged with impaired driving and 159,133 tickets were issued, including 6,118 for distracted driving. A total of 29,085 people were charged with speeding.

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