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Cuomo Announces DWI Holiday Crackdown

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NEW YORK -

To make sure everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the New York State Police will be working with local law enforcement agencies to crack down on impaired and distracted driving. 

The special traffic enforcement will run from Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, December 1. 

"Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year and our focus is helping ensure everyone gets where they need to go safely so they can spend quality time with family and loved ones," Governor Cuomo said. "State Troopers and local law enforcement will be highly visible in the coming days, cracking down on impaired and reckless drivers - and I urge drivers to follow the law and make safety your top priority while out on the roads."

In the enforcement period, drivers can expect to see more patrol on the roads, fixed sobriety checkpoints, underage drinking enforcement, and the "Operation Hang Up" initiative, which involves unmarked patrol vehicles scoping out drivers on their phones. 

During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 215 drivers for DWI, issued 5,834 speeding tickets, 774 tickets for distracted driving, and 218 tickets for move over law violations.