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For immediate release: January 30, 2013
Contact: Betsy Feldstein, (518) 471-5300


Additional check points for DWI are scheduled to be conducted statewide by State Police Troop T during the Super Bowl Weekend as part of the annual Stop DWI Crackdown initiative beginning Friday, February 1, and continuing through Monday, February 4, 2013.

“Many New Yorkers will get together with friends and family during this Super Bowl season, and we encourage all to enjoy these gatherings,” said Thruway Authority Executive Thomas J. Madison. “But remember that drinking and driving don’t mix, and always, have a designated driver in your starting line-up.”

New York State Police Troop T, whose members patrol the Thruway exclusively, will be out in full force keeping a close watch for drunk drivers. “We say over and over again, don’t drink and drive. If you drink and drive, your chances of coming into contact with a trooper increase,” said State Police Troop T Sgt. Thomas Ferritto. “Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, safety is priority one on the Thruway.”

During February 3-5, 2012, as part of last year’s ‘Stop DWI Crackdown’ initiative, State Police Troop T issued 1,794 tickets and made 13 DWI arrests.

According to the New York State Police, drunk drivers cause 17,000 deaths annually across the U.S. which equates to 310 funerals each week, or one death every 30 minutes. Slightly more than 30 percent of fatal crashes are alcohol-related.

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