Troopers to Participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Crackdown

The New York State Police announced today (Dec. 21) that they will participate in the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.

The New York State Police will participate in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, from now through January 1, 2017.

Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more troopers on roadways during the campaign.

In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.

Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “All year our members work to reduce impaired driving crashes and promote traffic safety. Our goal during this campaign is to step up our efforts to ensure we can take intoxicated and drugged drivers off our roadways before they injure or kill other motorists and their passengers. We want everyone to have a happy holiday – but we also want you to have a safe one.”

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles as part of the operation.

The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving.

CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations.

These vehicles blend in with every day traffic, but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 32,000 tickets. Of those tickets more than 11,000 were for speeding, 810 were for distracted driving and 348 for the “Move Over Law.”

There were also 477 people arrested for DWI and 6 people killed in crashes.

To keep our roads safer this holiday season, the New York State Police and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offer these tips:

· Plan a safe way home before the celebrating begins;
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
· If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
· Use your community’s sober ride program;
· If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
· If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.


  1. We absolutely need UBER. We are talking about NYS so it will take forever it at all.
    I am baffled about warning people about DWI road blocks. Does this encourage people to make better arraignments or does it make people drive back road where there is little light to see and road are less maintained in the winter making it harder to drive when sober. Maybe it would be better not to warn anyone and let people get caught for breaking the law as it should be instead of possibly putting more people in danger by having drunks trying to avoid the road block.

  2. OR grab the Cell PHONE users!!! There are probably as many traffic accidents now with people who cannot keep from the more dangerous texting while driving. Even just talking. I’ve seen people weave on the highway when they are holding their phones.

    So drunk driving isn’t the ONLY thing we should focus on to keep other drivers safe!

  3. OMG Cell phones. Hate them! Every time I am on the highway and see someone driving over the lines or almost hitting me or someone else it always because of texting. I live on a corner in the city that is also a bus stop, people always flying by on there phone paying no attention to the kids. I wish I could throw out those stop stick like the cops have when ever I see one. For the few that I see pull over in front of my house to use your phone KUDOS to you! I always want to go out and hug you for being so responsible and caring about the people around you and not just yourself. Thank you.

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