It's a holiday weekend, so be aware that police around New York State will be out on the roads in full effect. Governor Kathy Hochul warned New Yorkers and travelers that police will increase patrols on the roads today. They will be targeting distracted drivers, drivers violating seatbelt laws, and drivers violating the Move Over Law.

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In addition to the infractions listed above, police in Western New York and around the state will be participating in the National "Drunk Driving, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign. The increased patrols will take place today through Monday, September 5, 2022. Gov. Hochul said,

Drunk and impaired driving is an irresponsible choice that leads to needless and devastating tragedies every year. As many New Yorkers prepare to travel for Labor Day weekend, I urge all motorists to drive responsibly and plan for a safe ride home. Stay alert, and don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking so you can enjoy the weekend without endangering yourself or others.

New York State Troopers and local police will be using marked and unmarked vehicles on roads here in WNY. Additionally, sobriety checkpoints will be set up today.

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Police In New York State Issued More Than 25,000 Tickets During Speed Week

During the last crackdown in New York, which was "Speed Week," police were targeting aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and violations of seatbelt laws. A total of 25,199 tickets were issued during the enforcement period, from August 15 to Sunday, August 21. A total of 2,367 tickets were issued in WNY during Speed Week.

TroopRegionSpeedDWI Arrests(# of persons)Distracted DrivingChild Restraint/Seat BeltMove OverTotalTickets(includes other violations)
AWestern NY1,33118428472,367

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