As we speak, people across the state of New York are begrudgingly putting away their decorations, taking down their lights, and saying their final goodbyes to friends and families as the holidays have officially drawn to a close. Of course, with the end of the holiday season also comes the release of comprehensive statistics summarizing the impact of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
For those unfamiliar with this national anti-drunk driving campaign -- which was subsidized largely by federal funds -- it featured national television and radio advertisements, as well as increased enforcement over the holiday season.
Here in New York, the State Police maintained an increased presence on many commonly traveled highways/roads from December 14 through January 1. Specifically, the agency carried out 29 sobriety checkpoints, 10 saturation details, 12 underage consumption/unlawful sale to minors details, and checked 120 stores and 14 bars across the Empire State.
Breaking the numbers down, the State Police accomplished the following during the 2012 holiday season:
- Issued over 33,000 tickets, at least 10,000 of which were for speeding, failure to wear a seat belt or properly restrain children in vehicles
- Arrested 538 people for driving while intoxicated
- Arrested 22 people for providing alcohol to minors
By comparison, State Police made 526 DUI arrests and issued 35,496 traffic citations during the 2011 holiday season.
Statistics also revealed that despite the increased presence of law enforcement officials dedicated to combating drunk driving and other motor vehicle violations, there were still 12 fatalities and hundreds of motor vehicle accidents.
Here's hoping 2013 turns out to be the safest year yet for all motorists. Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...
A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.
When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The Journal News, "State Police Issued 33,000 Tickets During Holiday Sweep," Joseph Spector, Jan. 2, 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood launches 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' holiday crackdown," Dec. 13, 2012