The New York State Police Department is working alongside local departments across the state to increase DWI enforcement over Super Bowl weekend.
The “STOP-DWI” campaign includes underage drinking enforcement, increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints in an effort to deter and identify impaired drivers.
Funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the campaign runs from Saturday, Feb. 2 until 2 4 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Last year’s campaign resulted in a total of 120 DWI arrests and 7,733 tickets.
In addition to using marked State Police vehicles, officers will also be using Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles during the campaign. Remember — an impaired driving conviction carries a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 7 years in prison and license revocation.
“Unlike the Super Bowl, there are no winners when someone makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired,” said Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “If you are going to be drinking, have a game plan to get home safely. Safety is our top priority and we will be increasing patrols and expanding sobriety checkpoints to identify dangerous and impaired drivers and prevent them from causing senseless tragedies. If you’re celebrating, do your part and celebrate responsibly. Don’t drive impaired. Together, we can save lives and prevent serious injuries.”
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