State Police Arrest 189 Over Halloween Weekend for Impaired Driving

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of the 219 South on-ramp at Rice Road in Colden, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently made public the statistics from the New York State Police’s Halloween weekend special traffic enforcement detail. The campaign ran from Friday, October 28 up to Tuesday, November 1 and resulted in approximately 11,601 tickets and 189 impaired driving-related arrests.

"I applaud the State Police and our law enforcement partners for their commitment to keeping dangerous and impaired drivers off the roads this Halloween," stated Hochul of the weekend detail. "Through enforcement campaigns like this, my administration will continue to crack down on impaired and reckless driving to prevent needless tragedies and make New York roads safer for all."

The special campaign utilized sobriety checkpoints, concealed identity vehicles, and additional DWI patrols to crackdown on impaired driving, resulting in a 42% increase in arrests compared to the previous 2021 Halloween weekend.

"I applaud the tremendous work put forth by our members and law enforcements partners that have attributed to the success of this enforcement,” New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli remarked of the campaign. “We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. We want to remind drivers to make responsible choices every time they get behind the wheel. Our Troopers will remain committed and vigilant in keeping impaired and reckless drivers off the roadways every day."

In addition to the 189 arrested, State Police also investigated roughly 1,006 vehicle crashes, three of which were fatal, and 109 of which resulted in personal injury.

"It is important to keep driving home the message that impaired driving is completely preventable and a mistake that can come with a whole host of consequences,” noted New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Mark J. F. Schroeder. “That is why GTSC is pleased to be able to continue to support State Police and other county and local law enforcement during these special enforcement periods, and to make sure that people go from the roads to home safe and alive."

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