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New York State Police has been more active than usual on the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday and it continues this weekend. Several police agencies are increasing traffic patrols in an effort to prevent tragic accidents during the holiday weekend.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says there was a rise in alcohol-related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday last year, and he's urging residents to designate a sober driver. Officers will also be out looking for those driving impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

"Operation Hang Up" is also in effect, with troopers looking for motorists who are talking on cell phones or texting while driving. Extra troopers are on duty through Sunday.

During the last Operation Hang Up back in April, troopers issued nearly 3,000 tickets for phone and texting violations.

The multiple crackdowns are aimed at preventing accidents during the busiest travel weekend of the year.

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