Thirteen drunken drivers were arrested by State Police on Long Island during a Halloween weekend crackdown on impaired driving that began Friday, Oct. 28, and ran through Tuesday, police said.
Officers gave tickets to 265 other drivers for excessive speed, while 36 were nailed for distracted driving and 31 were cited for not having a child properly restrained.
In all, 823 violations were cited during the period in Nassau and Suffolk, while troopers issued 11,497 tickets statewide — making 242 drunken-driving arrests throughout the state.
“Drunk and impaired drivers pose serious dangers to themselves and other motorists,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement released Friday, citing the job done by State Police.
The campaign was coordinated and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee as well as STOP-DWI, a statewide program begun in 1981 to empower counties to coordinate efforts to reduce alcohol-related crashes.
Statewide, police said there still were 1,111 crashes during the five-day crackdown — compared with 736 last year.
Police said 227 people were injured in those crashes, three of them fatally. The highest number of DWI arrests came in the Upper Hudson Valley, with 45 arrested.