The state Police will collaborate with county sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies to stop impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
Statewide STOP-DWI and Texting-While-Driving crackdown efforts will begin Jan. 31 and go through Feb. 3, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“During this campaign period drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, dedicated DWI enforcement patrols, underage drinking and sales to minors details across New York State. Our Troopers will also be working to keep motorist and pedestrians safe on New York’s roadways by identifying drivers who are illegally using hand held devices while driving. It is important to partner with our local law enforcement partners to save lives and keep drunk drivers off our roads,” Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said in a statement.
During his 2014 State of the State address, Cuomo proposed new stricter punishments for distracted and impaired driving. Teens who are caught texting while driving could face a one-year revocation of their license and drivers found guilty of two convictions of driving while intoxicated in a three-year period could permanently lose their licenses.
“As a co-host of Super Bowl XLVIII, New York is committed to ensuring that this is both a fun and safe experience for all fans and drivers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “State troopers are stepping up their enforcement efforts this weekend to ensure that all motorists are complying with state laws to help prevent drunk or distracted driving and decrease the amount of unnecessary accidents.”