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Police Issue 17K Tickets During Six-Day St. Pat's Enforcement Detail

More than 17,000 tickets were issued during a St. Patrick’s Day enforcement initiative in New York, state police announced.
More than 17,000 tickets were issued during a St. Patrick’s Day enforcement initiative in New York, state police announced. Photo Credit: Contributed

More than 17,000 tickets were issued during a St. Patrick’s Day enforcement initiative in New York, state police announced.

The campaign ran for a total of 143 hours, starting on Saturday, March 12 and continuing until Thursday, March 17.

State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and underage drinking and sales to minors details.

Police also ticketed distracted drivers who use handheld electronic devices.

Troopers charged 257 people with DWI and investigated 947 accidents, which resulted in 243 people being injured and four fatalities.

As part of the enforcement, troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the State.

Below is a rundown of the total tickets that were issued.

Speeding 6,422

Distracted Driving 627

Seatbelt violations 503

Move Over Law 159

During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period, which ran for a total of 120 hours, the State Police issued 14,113 tickets and arrested 264 people for DWI.

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