The New England Patriots prevailed over the Los Angeles Rams at the biggest football game of the year, but it was not a Super weekend for thousands of New Yorkers who were ticketed and arrested during the festivities.
New York State Police issued 7,891 tickets and arrested 139 people for impaired driving during a Super Bowl Weekend impaired driving crackdown. The details started on Saturday, Feb. 2 and lasted through 4 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. Troopers also investigated 456 crashes, including 67 that resulted in injury and one death.
During last year’s Super Bowl detail, troopers issued 7,733 total tickets and made 120 arrests for impaired driving.
During the detail, 2,492 tickets were issued for speeding, 215 for distracted driving, 230 drivers were cited for seatbelt violations and an additional 127 tickets were doled out for violations of the “move over” law.
In the lower Hudson Valley, 1,110 total tickets were issued, with 30 drivers arrested for impaired driving, 394 tickets issued for speeding, and 33 each for speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt violations and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.
Police said that in the upper Hudson Valley, 35 people were arrested for DWI, 347 speeding tickets were dished out, 22 for distracted driving, 37 for seatbelt violations and five for violating the move over law.
"Super Bowl weekend is one of the most popular events of the year but we want New Yorkers to enjoy it responsibly and we have zero tolerance for reckless or impaired driving," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "These numbers show our efforts to aggressively enforce the law to keep our roads safe are working, and I commend the State Police for their dedication to protecting the lives of New Yorkers during this campaign and throughout the rest of the year."
Acting State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett added, "preventing the avoidable tragedies caused by impaired drivers is a top priority for our Troopers. Getting behind the wheel while impaired at any time is a losing decision that often results in serious consequences - including injuries and death. We urge all New Yorkers to make the smart decision and always make plans for a safe and sober ride home
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