More Than 200 People Arrested During New York State’s Columbus Weekend Crackdown
New York State Police and local authorities issued 38,255 tickets for various infractions. Police around the state arrested 207 people for impaired driving. The crackdown took place over Columbus Day weekend. State and local police were targeting impaired and speeding drivers in the sting, which ran for six days, from Thursday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
New York's first female Governor, Kathy Hochul said the crackdown was all about safety,
"The tragedies caused by speeding and impaired driving are completely avoidable if we all commit to making safety our top priority when we are behind the wheel. We will continue to have zero tolerance for impaired drivers who put others in danger."
During the sting checkpoints, marked police vehicles and unmarked patrol cars were used. Police targeted aggressive, impaired, distracted, and speeding drivers.
Here are some of the infractions and the number of tickets issued:
Distracted Driving 410
Seatbelt violations 707
Move Over Law 143
|DWI Arrests(# of persons)||Speed||Distracted Driving||Child Restraint/Seat Belt||Move Over||TotalTickets|
(includes other violations)
|Upper Hudson Valley||52||965||58||92||18||2,069|
|Lower Hudson Valley||37||883||35||32||16||1,665|
|New York City||2||202||28||37||2||1,060|
Data provided by the Governor's Office
State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen said,
"The results of this campaign show that far too many people put their lives and the lives of others at risk through the poor choices they make while driving. Our troopers will continue to crack down on reckless and impaired drivers in an effort to keep our roads safe for all users."