Newsdayreported that, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaignthat took place between December 13, 2018 and January 1, 2019, New York State police issued 48,877 tickets and arrested 783 people for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs. During that time period, troopers also investigated 643 crashes that resulted in eight deaths and numerous injuries, according to New York State Police.
Of the 48,877 tickets issued during the campaign, 16,169 were for speeding, followed by distracted driving (9,573), failing to wear a seat belt (1,223) and failing to slow down and move over for an emergency vehicle (437).
This year’s campaign by the NHTSA warned drivers to “STAY OFF THE NAUGHTY LIST” and, for the first time, added the “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” campaign to address both drunk and drugged driving.
The 2018 campaign yielded more arrests and issued more tickets than the previous year, when 667 people were arrest for driving drunk or on drugs and 43,094 tickets were given out. However, as Newsdaypointed out, the lower numbers in the 2017 campaign could be attributed to the fact that the campaign ran only 15 days (December 15-30, 2017).
New York State police said they were able to make arrests and issue tickets during the campaign, thanks to boosted patrols of marked and unmarked cars and setting up sobriety checkpoints.
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