PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. – New York State Police will be increasing patrols throughout the Independence Day weekend, officials said.
Statewide, more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets were issued during the Fourth of July weekend previous year, said D’Amico, who added that there were 180 drunken-driving arrests and more than 650 crashes – two of them fatal.
The enforcement will include increased sobriety checkpoints set up by the department’s DUI Task Force Unit.
Connecticut State Police troopers are advising residents to be careful this coming Fourth of July weekend, reminding them not to drink and drive.
Police also will be vigilant of motorists using cellphones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel. But the celebrating unfortunately turns deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol.
The Maui Police Department will be promoting safe driving and conducting an impaired driving enforcement campaign over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, auto towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc. Planning is key because after consuming alcohol, you might believe that you are “okay to drive” when you’re impaired.
“New York takes an aggressive approach to combating impaired driving”, said Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Anybody who needs assistance or needs to report a crime in progress can call New York State Police or dial 911.
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