posted on March 18, 2013 16:16
Press release from NYS Police:
Starting on Friday March 15 through Sunday March 17, 2013, Troopers participated in various traffic enforcement details aimed at preventing needless tragedies caused by impaired driving. They targeted speed, aggressive and distracted driving.
Drivers were met by sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols. Bars and retail establishments were also observed for underage drinking and sales to minors.
Troopers from Troop A, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend issued:
567 total tickets, highlighted by:
166 for speeding
15 for cellular phone use/texting and
45 for unlicensed operator/suspended
The National Highway Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.
On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving related crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations almost twice the legal limit of .08 percent.