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State Police Stop-DWI, texting-while-driving crackdown for Super Bowl weekend

ALBANY - New York State Police will join other law enforcement agencies, across the state, in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend. The statewide STOP-DWI and Texting-While-Driving Crackdown efforts will start on January 31st and will run through February 3rd. This effort builds on the Governor’s State of the State initiatives to stop repeat drunk drivers and prevent youth texting-while-driving in order to make New York’s roads safer.

“As a co-host of Super Bowl XLVIII, New York is committed to ensuring that this is both a fun and safe experience for all fans and drivers,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo. “State troopers are stepping up their enforcement efforts this weekend to ensure that all motorists are complying with state laws to help prevent drunk or distracted driving and decrease the amount of unnecessary accidents. I urge all drivers to plan ahead for Super Bowl parties, use caution when travelling and follow the law so we can all enjoy this weekend’s activities.”

The New York State Police will be collaborating with County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related and distracted driving injuries and deaths.

 “During this campaign period drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, dedicated DWI enforcement patrols, underage drinking and sales to minors details across New York State.” said Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico.  “Our Troopers will also be working to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on New York’s roadways by identifying drivers who are illegally using hand held devices while driving. It is important to partner with our local law enforcement partners to save lives and keep drunk drivers off of our roads.”

While STOP-DWI and distracted driving efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol, drug and texting-while-driving related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by impaired and/or distracted drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown and the “It Can Wait” texting-while-driving campaigns aim to raise awareness about and reduce drunk or distracted driving.

Whether attending the game, Sunday, at Met-Life Stadium in New Jersey, watching at a bar or hosting a party, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TEAM Coalition, the NFL and the New York State Police remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.