State, Local Police To Crack Down On Impaired Driving During Super Bowl Weekend

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that state and local police will crack down statewide on impaired and reckless driving during this Super Bowl weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign will include underage drinking enforcement, along with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most popular events of the year, and we encourage New Yorkers to enjoy it responsibly,” Cuomo said. “If you will be drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. New York has zero tolerance for impaired driving, and State Police will be out in force this weekend to ensure everyone has a safe ride home.”

Cuomo said during the 2017 Super Bowl campaign, state police arrested 110 people for impaired driving and issued more than 4,098 total tickets. The campaign will be promoted on various message boards on highways across the state, including the New York State Thruway, running from Saturday until 4 a.m. on Monday.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Make the winning decision on Super Bowl weekend and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Driving while impaired can result in tragic consequences for you, your passengers and others on the road. State Police will be visible this weekend looking for impaired and distracted drivers. Those celebrating the big game this weekend should do so safely by planning ahead or driving sober. Together, we can save lives and prevent serious injuries.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 10,497 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. Drivers should remember that they are putting not only their lives, but the lives of others, in jeopardy when they choose to drink and drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 28 people die each day in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes.