(WBNG Binghamton) Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York State Police will be on the lookout for impaired, distracted or speeding drivers during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Patrols will be increased from July 3 through July 6.
State police said this should serve as a warning to drivers that there are severe penalties and dangers of drunk and distracted driving.
“This holiday weekend, state police will be out in force to crack down on dangerous drivers,” Cuomo said. “The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and through this campaign, we are working to keep our roads safe for all travelers. As we celebrate this important holiday, I urge all New Yorkers to drive responsibly and obey the rules of the road.”
Around the state, there will be more than 500 electronic message boards reminding people to not drink and drive.
The governor said last year, state police issued more than 10,000 tickets during the Fourth of July weekend, compared to just over 3,200 in 2012.