More than 800 ticketed for drunk driving in Columbus Day Weekend crackdown

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More than 800 people were charged with impaired driving during the statewide crackdown during Columbus Day Weekend, according to Governor Kathy Hochul.

The crackdown occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12, and state officials said 207 people were charged with impaired driving by the state police.

Troopers also issued a total of 17,797 tickets for a variety of traffic infractions.

Statewide, a total of 38,255 tickets were issued by all law enforcement agencies, including 828 for impaired driving and 10,593 for speeding, officials said.

“The tragedies caused by speeding and impaired driving are completely avoidable if we all commit to making safety our top priority when we are behind the wheel,” Governor Hochul said in a release.

“We will continue to have zero tolerance for impaired drivers who put others in danger.”

State police and other law enforcement agencies pursue crackdowns on impaired and distracted driving through most holiday weekends, funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

In Central New York, there were 11 arrests for drunken driving, 697 tickets for speeding and 1,819 total tickets for all violations over the Columbus Day Weekend.

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