State troopers to crack down on drunk drivers during July 4 weekend

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Police will be out on roads and parkways looking for drunk drivers over the Fourth of July weekend.

State troopers say they'll be out in force looking for unsafe motorists, drunk or drugged drivers. They will also be running sobriety checkpoints.

"The message is drive sober, slow down, put the phone down and get home safely," says New York State Trooper Dan Ahlgrim.

State police on Long Island issued 1,127 tickets last July 4, and of those tickets 25 were for driving while impaired, 59 for cellphone use, and 280 for speeding.

Police and drunk driving opponents say with E-hail taxis and other transit options at the push of a button, there is really no reason to choose to drive while impaired.

State police say the average drinking and driving arrest could cost the motorist jail time plus fines and attorney fees up to $10,000.

 

 

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