WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Police launched the state-wide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign on Friday, Aug. 15 that will run until Monday, Sept. 1, officials said.
Labor Day weekend tends to include heavy travel and increased alcohol consumption. As a result, State Troopers will be on the look out for intoxicated drivers that pose a danger to others on the roads.
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints during the campaign, along with more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be on patrol.
"Our goal during this campaign is to step up our enforcement efforts to ensure we can take intoxicated and drug impaired drivers off our roadways before they injure or kill other motorists and their passengers," Joseph A. D'Amico said in a statement. "Year-round our members work to reduce drunk driving crashes and promote traffic safety. We can always do more to make our roads safer for New Yorkers.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people every year. On average in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in an alcohol-impaired driving crash.