NY state police plan St. Patrick’s weekend enforcement details

RAY BROOK – State police are reminding motorists not to not drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.

Troopers will conduct special traffic enforcement efforts this weekend, Troop B Commander Maj. Richard Smith said in a Friday press release.

“Troop B has dedicated additional troopers to focused DWI patrols during the weekend, stationary roadblocks on area roadways, and additional members who will visit licensed premises to ensure that sales of alcohol are compliant with the state’s age requirements,” Smith said.

The campaign began Friday and will run through St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17.

Troopers will also ticket drivers using handheld electronic devices.

“The New York State Police want everyone to have a fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend, but urge people to do it safely,” said state police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “If you attend a party or event and consume alcohol, designate a driver or find alternate transportation.”

Last year, during a similar St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, troopers across New York made 204 DWI arrests and issued 9,763 tickets.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day from 2007 to 2011.