Police crack down on dangerous driving over Memorial Day long weekend

Next Monday is the federal holiday Memorial Day, many people choose to drive in the three days in a row, the New York State Department announced on the 28th increased patrols during this period, to crack down on “not sober driving” (Impaired driving) dangerous behavior. During the same period last year, New York police issued more than 8,000 tickets for driving safety and traffic violations.

The state said the enforcement campaign against dangerous driving will continue from May 28 through Tuesday, June 1, with additional law enforcement officers on the highways throughout the Memorial Day long weekend.

The State Police will also deploy unmarked plainclothes vehicles (Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement, or CITE) to patrol the streets. The plainclothes vehicles will blend in with the traffic and, if they see something different, they will turn on their lights and begin enforcement. In addition to stop-and-frisk locations and patrols, the State Police focus on the following violations: distracted driving, improper parking and gearing, and Move Over Law violations. New York State’s Move Over Law requires drivers to yield or slow down when encountering police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, snow plows, road repair trucks, and similar vehicles.

According to an analysis of a report conducted by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany), it shows that 2019 crashes related to drunk driving resulted in 251 deaths and 5,151 injuries, and another 258 people were killed in drug-related crashes.

The state describes the 2020 Memorial Day long weekend enforcement campaign, in which state police arrested 203 unsober drivers, issued 8,907 tickets and investigated 457 crashes that resulted in two fatalities.