As residents throughout New York plan their New Year’s Eve celebrations, many will likely ring in the New Year with a cocktail or two. For anyone who plans to drink on NYE, it’s critical to also plan for a safe and sober ride home. Drivers who make the decision to drink and drive are ultimately putting not only their own lives in jeopardy, but also the lives of everyone else with whom they share the road.
During the holiday season, New York State Police participate in the “national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.” In addition to identifying drunk drivers, through the campaign, police officers also target drivers who speed, don’t buckle-up and violate the state’s Move Over Law.
During the 2014 holiday season campaign, state law enforcement officials wrote nearly 50,000 tickets, roughly 34 percent of which were issued to speeding motorists. Additionally, some 1,730 drives were issued citations related to distracted driving and 697 for failing to “exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles” along the roadside. State police also arrested 702 drivers for driving while intoxicated.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, during 2014, 364 people died in drunk-driving related traffic accidents in the state of New York. This figure represented more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities for 2014. Additionally, more than 6,000 people throughout the state suffered injuries in alcohol-related traffic accidents.
To ensure that everyone has a happy and safe NYE, anyone who plans to celebrate away from home is advised to plan for a sober ride home. Additionally, all drivers are advised to drive within the speed limit, provide emergency vehicles adequate room and buckle up.
Source: White Plains Daily, “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over, New York Police Warn,” Nicole Briggs, Dec. 25, 2015
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