Enforcement Campaign to Run Through May 31
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State Police and local law enforcement statewide will increase patrols to combat drunk, impaired, and reckless driving throughout Memorial Day weekend. The STOP-DWI enforcement period starts at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022, and runs through 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and police will be out in full force to remove impaired and reckless drivers from our highways.
“Impaired driving is a reckless, dangerous choice that puts far too many people at risk of costly and possibly deadly consequences,” Governor Hochul said. “As we prepare to travel and get together with friends and family for Memorial Day weekend, I urge all motorists to drive responsibly and plan for a safe ride home. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking so you can enjoy your weekend without endangering yourself or others.”
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols by State Police and local law enforcement agencies during this holiday weekend. Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe driving violations. These vehicles blend in with traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.
Construction-related lane closures suspended for Memorial Day Weekend
Governor Kathy Hochul also announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 27 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, to ease travel throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
“Memorial Day is a great time of year to travel and enjoy everything that New York State has to offer,” Governor Hochul said. “In order to make our State roads safer and more efficient for motorists, we are suspending all road and bridge construction throughout the holiday weekend. I encourage all New Yorkers to have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and remind them to please drive responsibly and help ensure this is a happy and safe time for all.”
Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with New York State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridgework.
According to AAA, more than 39 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend, 3 million more than in 2021. The increase is expected to be the second-highest growth in travelers since 2010. Nearly 35 million people will travel by car, an increase of 4.6 percent.
Text stops, including park-and-ride facilities, rest stops, service areas, and parking areas along state highways support the state’s effort to reduce distracted driving. All text stops will remain open, providing locations where drivers can safely and conveniently use their phones and other mobile devices for calling, texting, navigating, and accessing mobile apps. Texting while driving is especially dangerous, as it requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off driving.