NYSP, local law enforcement increase patrols ahead of Labor Day holiday

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 7:34 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (WBNG) - Beginning August 19 and lasting through September 5, the New York State Police and local departments across the state will be increasing patrols. This effort is all a part of the latest STOP-DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The goal is for the state to reduce drug and alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Trooper Aga Dembinska with Troop C said crashes are on the rise, which makes this a timely campaign. “Up until 2019, we started seeing a decrease of fatal crashes that include impairment. That number jumped back up again 11 percent,” said Trooper Dembinska. “If you are going to drink or may use some kind of drugs, even if it’s a prescription drug, those can also get you impaired.”

Trooper Dembinska said similar campaigns or enforcement happen throughout the year, especially around holidays with increased vehicles on our roadways. She said these types of crashes are preventable. The trooper advised motorists to coordinate and plan ahead about how to get home. “If you feel a little off, just call someone,” said Trooper Dembinska. “Hopefully you have a friend or family member that can pick you up and get you to where ever you’re going. There’s so many options with rideshare services.”