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For Immediate Release: March 14, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day: Prevent Drunk Driving
State Police Troop T to Enforce “Sober Driver” on Thruway

Before heading out to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, choose a designated driver. Nobody’s immune to consequences of drunk driving. That’s why the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T announced the “Sober Driver” initiative, a four-day awareness campaign beginning Thursday, March 15, and continuing through Sunday, March 18.

“Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and it's a day of tradition and celebration. If your festivities will include alcohol, please act responsibly. Thousands of people needlessly lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes that involve impaired drivers,’’ said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. Jr. “Before you go out to celebrate, please designate a sober driver.”

Last year, during the seven-day “Sober Driver” initiative, State Police Troop T made 20 arrests for DWI on the Thruway.

Troop T, whose troopers patrol the Thruway exclusively, will be out in full force to keep a close watch for drunk drivers. “If you see a driver on the road who is obviously driving impaired, don’t hesitate to call the State Police by dialing 911,” said Troop T Commander Maj. Robert C. Meyers. “Our goal continues to be making the roads safe for the motoring public. DWI enforcement is an important component of Troop T’s traffic safety initiative.”

Troop T will operate DWI checkpoints during this year four-day “Sober Driving” ┬áinitiative.

“Drunk driving all too often leads to death, disfigurement, disability or injury. It’s simple. We say it again and again. Don’t drink and drive,” Madison said.

For more information on driver safety tips, go to http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/safety/drivingsafetytips.html.

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