ALBANY -- Expect to see an increase in New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies on the roads this Halloween weekend.
In efforts to combat drunk driving, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an increase in traffic enforcement detail from Friday through Tuesday in coordination with the state’s Traffic Safety Committee and county STOP-DWI program.
"Time and time again, we have seen this holiday become the date of avoidable tragedies caused by dangerous, reckless and unacceptable behavior behind the wheel," Cuomo said in a statement.
Last Halloween, 52 percent of all highway fatalities in the nation involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
During that time in New York, 167 people were arrested for DWI and roughly 7,600 tickets were issued for speeding and distracted driving, among other things.
In addition to increasing patrols, there will be a number of sobriety checkpoints on the roads, and law enforcement will be cracking down on the sale of alcohol to minors.
To increase safety on Halloween, the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has released a video reminding individuals that if they suspect a person of drunk driving, to call their local law enforcement.