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Super Bowl drunk driving crackdown yields over 4,000 tickets, Cuomo says

More than 4,000 tickets were issued during a special Super Bowl weekend crackdown on drunken and impaired driving, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

The total of 274 tickets issued on Long Island include five for driving while intoxicated, nine for speeding, two for distracted driving, six for not having a child restrained in a seat belt, and one for failing to move over, officials said.

State Police increased patrols for the STOP-DWI effort and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers during the 38-hour crackdown from 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 through 4 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.

Troopers also targeted aggressive and speeding drivers, and as a result 4,098 tickets were issued statewide for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations, officials said. Overall that was down from last year’s Super Bowl enforcement program when State Police issued 4,686 tickets, but last year 92 people were arrested for DWI compared with 110 DWI arrests this year.

Also as part of the campaign, coordinated and funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and county STOP-DWI programs, in all of New York, state troopers arrested 110 people and investigated 210 crashes that left 37 people injured. There were no fatalities.

“We have zero tolerance for impaired and reckless driving and these enforcement efforts send a clear message that dangerous drivers will be caught and will be held accountable,” Cuomo said Monday in a news release.

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