Statewide crackdown on DWI announced for Memorial Day weekend

The New York State Police announced a statewide crackdown on drunk, impaired and reckless driving this weekend, from Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29.

“Troopers will be highly visible this weekend and will have zero tolerance for impaired and reckless drivers,” said State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II.

Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols by State Police and local law enforcement agencies during this holiday weekend, using both marked and unmarked vehicles.


On Memorial Day weekend in 2016, Troopers arrested 225 people for drinking and driving, issued nearly 12,000 tickets, and responded to three fatal motor vehicle crashes that killed three people.  In addition, 38 counties and 131 agencies participated in last year’s Memorial Day Crackdown resulting in 196 DWI/DWAI arrests, five DWAI-Drug only arrests, 124 other arrests and 1,671 Vehicle and Traffic summonses.