Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state police to ramp up enforcement efforts as part of a national campaign to crackdown on impaired driving now through Labor Day weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of year for drunk and drugged driving fatalities, according to the state.
Alcohol involvement was listed as a contributing factor in more than 7,000 police-reported crashes in 2015, while illegal drugs contributed to more than 800 crashes in New York state.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which begins statewide Aug. 18, and ends Sept. 5, will be carried out with assistance from local law enforcement, and aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs, the state said.
“Drunk drivers are a danger to themselves and others, and law enforcement is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone on the road,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “Impaired driving is a reckless, and dangerous crime, with potentially fatal consequences, and I urge New Yorkers to drive responsibly to avoid senseless tragedies.”
Drivers who are convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge in New York state, up to seven years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.