SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - New York State Police and other local law enforcement will be initiating a STOP DWI crackdown this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
The effort starts Friday and runs through Monday, March 18.
There will be several sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and ticketing distracted drivers who are using handheld devices.
During the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, Troopers made 243 arrests for DWI and issued nearly 13,000 tickets.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2013 to 2017 saw the loss of 234 lives due to drunk-driving crashes.
Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2017, 75 percent of crash fatalities nationwide involved a drunk driver, according to the NHTSA.
The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA ask you to commit to a plan, so you can enjoy a safe holiday without jeopardizing lives on the road:
- Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
- Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ridesharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life.