State troopers, operating in Western New York as part of the national Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign dubbed “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over,” made 59 drunken driving arrests and issued more than 3,300 traffic tickets for moving violations in Western New York from Dec. 14 through New Year’s Day, said Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop A commander.
The massive effort in the region aimed to prevent tragedies locally over the holiday season but troopers investigated 42 crashes involving injuries and, in one case, a fatality, Cummings said.
On Dec. 26 A Clymer woman slipped off a slick, snow-covered road in Westfield and struck two utility workers from Ohio. Billy J. Johnson II, 49, of Crown City, Ohio, died from injuries he suffered in the crash.
Troopers encourage all drivers to at all times to remain attentive to their driving habits, refrain from texting and using a cellphone while driving, drive no faster than winter road conditions allow and maintain a “defensive driver mindset.”