15,115 tick­ets is­sued over hol­i­day week­end

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Keith McShea NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

For the sec­ond straight year, the New York State Po­lice tick­eted thou­sands of drivers and ar­rested hun­dreds for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated as part of a “spe­cial Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day traf­fic en­force­ment pe­riod,” of­fi­cials an­nounced Fri­day.

Troop­ers is­sued a to­tal of 15,115 tick­ets and made 215 DWI ar­rests statewide from Wed­nes­day, Nov. 21, through Sun­day, Nov. 25.

Last year, of­fi­cials said, the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day en­force­ment cam­paign to­tals were 15,360 tick­ets is­sued and 242 peo­ple ar­rested for DWI.

The cam­paign, which was funded by the Gover­nor’s Traf­fic Safety Com­mit­tee, uti­lized so­bri­ety check­points, ad­di­tional DWI pa­trols and tick­eted dis­tracted drivers who used hand­held elec­tronic de­vices.

Troop­ers in­ves­ti­gated 1,244 ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing one fa­tal­ity, dur­ing this year’s cam­paign. As part of the cam­paign, troop­ers also tar­geted speed­ing and ag­gres­sive drivers statewide. West­ern New York is within the area pa­trolled by Troop A (Al­le­gany, Cat­ta­rau­gus, Chau­tauqua, Erie, Ge­ne­see, Ni­a­gara, Or­leans and Wy­oming Coun­ties).

A break­down of some of the 15,000 tick­ets is­sued:

5,834 were is­sued for speed­ing, with 458 of those ad­min­is­tered by Troop A.

774 were for dis­tracted driv­ing, in­clud­ing 54 by Troop A.

485 seat­belt vi­o­la­tions, with 42 by Troop A.

218 ci­ta­tions of the “Move Over Law,” in­clud­ing eight by Troop A.

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