Governor Cuomo Announces Results of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enforcement Campaign

State Police Arrested More Than 700 Drivers for DWI and Issued More Than 47,000 Tickets During 18-Day Enforcement Period
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that State Police arrested 739 individuals for driving while intoxicated during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national crackdown on impaired driving. The campaign, which ran from Friday, August 19 to Monday, September 5, is aimed at significantly reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs.

“Impaired and reckless drivers are danger to themselves and others on New York’s roadways and we have zero tolerance for this dangerous and selfish behavior,” Governor Cuomo said. “I thank state and local law enforcement for their efforts to get these menaces out from behind the wheel and off our streets and for their continuing efforts to protect the safety of all New Yorkers.”

State Police and local law enforcement agencies also targeted drivers who were distracted, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, and not abiding by the “move over” law. The campaign was coordinated and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

State Police report that of the 739 DWI arrests between the August 19 to September 5 enforcement period, 219 occurred during Labor Day weekend alone. For the entire 18-day campaign, Troopers issued 43,704 total tickets, including 17,555 for speeding, 1,413 for distracted driving, 2,306 for child restraint and seatbelt violations, and 531 for failing to “move over.”

Additionally, Troopers investigated a total of 3,243 crashes, compared to 2,973 last year. Of these crashes, 1,006 people were injured, and 11 people were killed.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Our message is very simple: Drive sober, put on your seat belt and put down your smart phone. Making these smart choices each time you get behind the wheel will help avoid needless tragedies. The State Police will continue to work with our local partners to target reckless drivers and keep our highways safe.”

The results of the campaign are broken down by region below:

Region DWI Arrests
(# of persons)
Speed Distracted Driving Child Restraint/
Seat Belt
Move Over Total
(includes other violations)
Western NY 72 1,835 157 250 25 4,300
North Country 60 981 54 174 49 3,121
Southern Tier 32 1,564 51 69 65 2,984
Central NY 73 1,411 161 175 37 4,185
Finger Lakes 65 2,144 165 284 51 5,482
Upper Hudson Valley 125 1,489 187 473 53 4,827
Capital Region 83 1,972 170 277 67 4,915
Lower Hudson Valley 92 1,644 101 225 68 4,230
Long Island 58 845 197 135 11 2,835
NYS Thruway 79 3,670 170 244 105 6,825