Governor Cuomo Announces State Police Arrest 139 People for Impaired Driving During Super Bowl Weekend


Troopers Issue Nearly 7,900 Tickets Statewide During Annual Super Bowl DWI Crackdown

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced State Police issued 7,891 tickets and arrested 139 people for impaired driving during the Super Bowl weekend impaired driving crackdown. The STOP-DWI initiative started on Saturday, February 2, and continued through 4 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019. During the special enforcement period, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers.

“Super Bowl weekend is one of the most popular events of the year but we want New Yorkers to enjoy it responsibly and we have zero tolerance for reckless or impaired driving,” Governor Cuomo said. “These numbers show our efforts to aggressively enforce the law to keep our roads safe are working, and I commend the State Police for their dedication to protecting the lives of New Yorkers during this campaign and throughout the rest of the year.”

Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “Preventing the avoidable tragedies caused by impaired drivers is a top priority for our Troopers. Getting behind the wheel while impaired at any time is a losing decision that often results in serious consequences – including injuries and death. We urge all New Yorkers to make the smart decision and always make plans for a safe and sober ride home.”

Mark J.F. Schroeder, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “We are grateful to our law enforcement partners for their efforts to remove impaired drivers from the road, and we hope people learn a valuable lesson to make plans in advance of any celebration for a safe ride home or to stay overnight until they are fit to drive.”

State Troopers arrested 139 people for DWI and investigated 456 crashes, including 67 crashes that resulted in injuries, and one fatality.

As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding, aggressive and distracted drivers across the State. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued:

  • Speeding – 2,492
  • Distracted Driving – 215
  • Seatbelt violations – 230
  • Move Over Law – 127

Troopers used both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. CITE vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated, allowing Troopers to better observe driving violations.

Results of the Super Bowl enforcement period by troop is available below:

Troop Region DWI Arrests

(# of persons)

Speed Distracted Driving Child Restraint/

Seat Belt

Move Over Total

Tickets

(includes other violations)

A Western NY 7 242 27 25 3 716
B North Country 6 71 7 5 1 349
C Southern Tier 5 231 7 8 14 677
D Central NY 10 202 35 24 5 758
E Finger Lakes 8 186 12 25 9 713
F Upper Hudson Valley 35 347 22 37 5 1,048
G Capital Region 14 229 30 29 10 725
K Lower Hudson Valley 30 394 33 33 33 1,100
L Long Island 13 163 17 21 3 596
NYC New York City 0 3 4 5 0 251
T NYS Thruway 11 424 21 18 44 958

During the 2018 Super Bowl campaign, Troopers issued 7,733 total tickets and arrested 120 motorists for impaired driving.