NYS Police begin campaign for safe driving during holiday weekend

ALBANY, N.Y.—Major Steven James of the New York State Police
announced that Troop G will kick off a campaign on Friday in an effort to
prevent roadway tragedies resulting from impaired driving.

State Police say motorists can expect to see checkpoints along
with additional patrols checking for DWI and underage drinking initiatives.

“Celebration of St. Patrick's Day is a time honored tradition
throughout New York State, but we want and encourage everyone to do so safely
and responsibly. If you find yourself in a situation of consuming alcohol
during your celebration, designate a driver or utilize alternate transportation,”
said Troop G Commander Major Steven James.

During the 2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement effort,
troopers made 204 arrests for DWI, and issued a total of 9,763 tickets.

The New York State Police and NHTSA suggested the following
tips to have a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day:
– Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get
home at the end of the night.
– Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and
leave your car keys at home.
– If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or
family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
– If available, use your community's sober ride program
– Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk
driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
– If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law
enforcement. You could save a life.
– Remember, if you know people who are about to drive or
ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to
where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, intervene
and take the keys away if you have to.

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