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Police To Crack Down On Underage Drinking, Drunk Driving Halloween Weekend

New York State Police will be out in full force over Halloween weekend.
New York State Police will be out in full force over Halloween weekend. Photo Credit: File photo

A special traffic enforcement detail will begin on Friday, Oct. 30 and continue through Sunday Nov. 1 to crack down on drunk driving and underage drinking this Halloween weekend. 

The New York State Police, as well as local and county law enforcement agencies, will increase patrols.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009 to 2013, 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 – 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Trick-or-treaters, their friends and loved ones are also at risk on Halloween night, with 19 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes (2009-2013) involving drunk drivers. As Halloween falls on a Saturday night this year, state and local law enforcement will be out in full force and extra vigilant in their efforts to protect families and their loved ones on New York’s roads.

Motorists that are traveling this weekend can expect to see a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols. Troopers will also conduct a special enforcement detail to crack down on the sale of alcohol to minors.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles as part of this crackdown. 

During last year’s New York State Police Halloween initiative, there were more than 720 crashes that killed three people and injured more than 150 others. Troopers arrested 195 people for DWI and issued more than 9,700 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations.

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