State Police will step up traffic patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday, focusing especially on drunken drivers, aggressive drivers and drivers talking or texting on their cellphones.
Troopers will set up sobriety checkpoints and use unmarked patrol cars to spot drivers using hand-held phones. State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico urged New Yorkers to reduce to risk of alcohol-related accidents by designating a sober driver.
Last Thanksgiving, troopers statewide issued 4,105 tickets for speeding, 1,082 tickets for distracted driving and arrested 164 motorists for driving while intoxicated.