November 14, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Results of State Police Halloween Week Enforcement Campaign

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State Police Arrest 280 People for Impaired Driving, Issue More Than 21,450 Tickets During Annual Effort

 

Law Enforcement Statewide Issued 40,272 Tickets

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that State Police issued 21,467 tickets and arrested 280 people for impaired driving during the annual Halloween Enforcement Campaign, which began on October 25, 2019 and continued through Friday November 1, 2019. In addition, other law enforcement throughout the state issued 40,272 tickets for various traffic violations, including impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, seat belt infractions and move over law violations. The enforcement campaign was funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

 

"This effort ensured a safer Halloween by preventing the needless tragedies that are caused by those who choose to drive while impaired," Governor Cuomo said. "New York has zero tolerance for impaired drivers and, as the results of this campaign show, those who choose to drink and drive will be arrested."

  

During the campaign, State Police set up sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices. Troopers used both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who were violating the law. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated. Troopers arrested 280 people for DWI and investigated 2,092 crashes that resulted in three fatalities and 269 people being injured.

 

New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, "Our Troopers are always vigilant in keeping drunk and reckless drivers off the roadways. However, when children and parents are out walking on holidays such as Halloween, it's even more critical for us to elevate the level of awareness and urge motorists to exercise extra caution. When someone makes the wrong choice to drive impaired or recklessly, the consequences can be deadly. Together, we can prevent these tragedies."

 

Commissioner of the State Department of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder said, "The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is proud to support specialized enforcement campaigns that promote safety on our roadways and help prevent avoidable tragedies. There's no excuse for impaired driving. If you're drinking, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. The STOP-DWI 'Have a Plan' mobile app makes it easy to find a safe ride to wherever you need to go."

 

As part of the enforcement, Troopers targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued by State Police:

 

Speeding                     7,852

Distracted Driving         714

Seatbelt violations         599

Move Over Law             242

 

 

Troop

Region

Speed

DWI Arrests

(# of persons)

Distracted Driving

Child Restraint/

Seat Belt

Move Over

Total

Tickets

(includes other violations)

A

Western NY

884

21

63

56

21

2,167

B

North Country

368

23

19

22

15

1,396

C

Southern Tier

660

12

33

23

16

1,500

D

Central NY

717

24

55

62

23

1,896

E

Finger Lakes

828

19

42

81

15

2,301

F

Upper Hudson Valley

788

57

108

82

21

2,393

G

Capital Region

886

33

134

67

26

2,356

K

Lower Hudson Valley

1,018

37

54

76

28

2,216

L

Long Island

304

29

69

51

21

1,479

NYC

New York City

24

0

80

21

2

1,046

T

NYS Thruway

1,375

25

57

58

54

2,717

 

 

 

During last year's Halloween enforcement campaign, State Police issued 16,801 total tickets and arrested 267 people for DWI.

 

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