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NY State Police focus on drunk, drugged driving during July 4 weekend



New York State Police are planning to be out more often over the July 4th holiday weekend to focus on drunk and drugged drivers.

From Friday July 3 until Sunday July 5, troopers will be setting up sobriety checkpoints to help cut back on “reckless and aggressive driving”, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Troopers will also be watching for people who are using their phones and other electronic devices while driving, as well as ensuring people follow the “Move Over” law for stopped vehicles.

If you plan to drink alcohol this weekend, plan ahead to have a safe way to get home and designate a sober driver. If everyone is impaired, call a taxi, sober friend or family member, use public transit, or use a ridesharing service.

“Our message is simple: If you drink and drive, it’s likely that you will end up in jail,” New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett said.. “Stay safe and don’t make a bad decision that costs your life or the life of someone else.”

During the July 4th weekend in 2019, State Police arrested nearly 250 people fro DWI and handed out 13,410 traffic and vehicle tickets.