Police begin crackdown on impaired, distracted drivers

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State and local police on Friday began increased enforcement for inebriated drivers as part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

It will be in effect through Labor Day. The goal is to prevent crashes caused by drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

State Trooper Brian Egan says police will also be on the lookout for texting drivers -- another potentially dangerous situation.

Law enforcement officials say more people are on the roads this time of year, traveling to and from vacation destinations. They say there are also many end-of-summer celebrations after which intoxicated people are getting behind the wheel.

News 12's Amy McGorry rode along with Egan as he shared signs of an impaired driver. The big tip-off, he says, is swerving between lanes.

"A lot of people get tired and a lot of these accidents are because they are falling asleep," Egan says.

Lawyers say a DWI could cost someone at least $5,000.

Police suggest that hosts call a ride-sharing service, or someone else, to pick up a guest who has perhaps had too much to drink.

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