December 13, 2023

State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless driving during the holiday season

State Police to crack down on impaired and reckless driving during the holiday season
Press Release

The New York State Police will participate a special enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired and reckless driving this holiday season. The enforcement campaign is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative and runs from Wednesday, December 13, 2023, through Monday, January 1, 2024. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road. State Police will also conduct underage drinker enforcement details statewide.

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with everyday traffic, but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated. 

During last year’s crackdown, State Police arrested 453 people for DWI and issued 32,934 tickets, including 11,305 tickets for speeding, 912 for distracted driving, and 316 for the “Move Over Law.” 

This campaign is sponsored by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The GTSC and the STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Android and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver.

The State Police and our partners urge all motorists to follow these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:

  • Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins;

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;

  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ridesharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;

  • Use your community’s sober ride program; 

  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;

  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.