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NY State Police step up patrols for holiday week

New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the Fourth of July holiday.  Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. This special enforcement detail will run through Thursday.  Last year, New York State Police issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July holiday. Troopers arrested 240 people for DWI and investigated 152 crashes, which resulted in three fatalities and 248 injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the July 4th period in 2015, 146 people died nationwide in alcohol related crashes. Two thirds of those crashes involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher which is almost twice the legal limit.

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