State police on high alert for impaired drivers for Halloween weekend
Police across New York City are cracking down on impaired drivers this Halloween weekend.
The Halloween Impaired Driving Initiative has been running since Friday night and continues into Sunday afternoon.
Those who get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs could face arrest, jail time and/or fines up to $10,000.
In 2019, New York State Police arrested 280 people and gave out over 21,000 tickets.
In order to prevent impaired driving, residents are urged to plan a safe way home and designate a sober driving before drinking.
If you are impaired, use a taxi, call someone sober, use public transportation or a community sober ride program.
Anyone who suspects a driver is impaired should contact local law enforcement and anyone who knows someone who is about to drive impaired should take their key and help them find other arrangements.
The DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder says: "Halloween should be a fun time for all those participating. Don't turn it into a traffic event by making the reckless decision to drive impaired."
Trick-or-treating is allowed outdoors this year, so drivers need to be extra cautious for families and children.