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State police say their presence will increase for holiday weekend

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release Tuesday that state police will increase their presence on roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Among the efforts for police will be cracking down on aggressive, impaired and distracted driving. In addition to fixed sobriety checkpoints, police will use their Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement patrol vehicles to locate drivers talking or texting on cellphones.

“State troopers will be out in full force this holiday weekend — manning checkpoints and making sure motorists are complying with the law to keep travelers safe,” Mr. Cuomo said. “This operation will prevent needless and unnecessary accidents from occurring during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and ultimately help ensure that everyone reaches their destinations safely. I urge drivers to use caution and follow the law when on the road this week so that we can all celebrate the holiday safely.”

The highest traffic volumes of the year typically occur during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is also a period when alcohol consumption is widespread. During the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers issued 4,105 speeding tickets as well as 1,082 distracted driving tickets and charged 164 drivers with driving while intoxicated.

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