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State Police ready for DWI patrols on Memorial Day weekend

State Police are spearheading an effort this weekend to push back against drunk, reckless and impaired driving over the Memorial Day weekend.

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - State Police are spearheading an effort this weekend to push back against drunk, reckless and impaired driving over the Memorial Day weekend.

Starting Friday, troopers and other police agencies will be setting up sobriety checkpoints and more patrols to keep these drivers off the road. The campaign will run through Monday, May 28. Both marked and unmarked State Police vehicles will be used.

Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

"Wear your seat belt, remain alert and above all, drive sober," State Police Superintendent George Beach II said. "If you do drink, do not get behind the wheel of any vehicle and make arrangements for a safe ride home."

During the 2017 Memorial Day crackdown, troopers arrested 237 people for drinking and driving, issued 12,169 tickets, and investigated 146 crashes which resulted in 190 people injured.

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