New York State Police increase traffic patrols for Thanksgiving

New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement in efforts to keep drivers safe this holiday weekend, starting today.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in a press release Tuesday he is working to “prevent highway tragedies during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.”

The State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, will supplement regular patrols statewide, focusing on aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving. The effort will also incorporate fixed sobriety checkpoints and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which utilizes Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to locate drivers talking or texting on cellular telephones.

Governor Cuomo said state police will be out in full force to keep drivers safe.

“State troopers will be out in full force this holiday weekend manning checkpoints and making sure motorists are complying with the law to keep travelers safe,” Cuomo said. “This operation will prevent needless and unnecessary accidents from occurring during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and ultimately help ensure that everyone reaches their destinations safely.”

Superintendent Joseph D’Amico stated in a press release his concerns about the holiday weekend.

“Last year, we saw an unfortunate rise in alcohol-related accidents during the Thanksgiving Holiday period,” he said. “As we move about the state to see our friends and family this holiday season, we need to focus on safe travel, and our troopers are prepared to deal with the problems that this travel brings and their efforts will be focused on avoiding highway tragedies.”

Travel preparation should include plenty of rest before departing and anticipating busy roads and highways.