Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 30 and continuing through 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, New York State Police will increase patrols to reduce DUIs and other DUI violations, according to a release from the New York State Police Department Behavior. New York SP.

During dedicated enforcement, drivers may encounter sobriety checkpoints and DUI patrols.

Additionally, officers said they would be on the lookout for drivers using any type of electronic device while driving.

Officers will use both marked and unmarked vehicles because unmarked vehicles “enable officers to more easily identify drivers who use handheld devices while driving.”

“The Fourth of July is known for its joy and fireworks, but New Yorkers should remember that the fun can turn deadly if you don’t make the right decisions,” said New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Steven A. Nigrelli said.

The NYSP reported that a total of 11,873 tickets were issued during last July 4 enforcement.

In addition, 187 people were arrested for drink driving and 775 crashes were investigated, including two fatalities.

Officials remind drivers that the average cost of a DUI arrest can be as high as $10,000. Drivers could lose their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, higher towing costs, and possibly legal fees.

Authorities are also promoting the “Have A Plan” app, available for all major smartphone brands, which allows New Yorkers to find and call a taxi or ride-sharing service and compile a list of designated drivers.

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