Millions will be on the road for the July 4th holiday, including more police to make sure drivers are safe.

The New York State Police will increase patrols, cracking down on drunk and drugged driving over the Fourth of July holiday. Several sobriety checkpoints will target reckless and aggressive driving statewide through Thursday, July 5, 2018.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "State Troopers will be highly visible on the roadways during the holiday, targeting drivers who needlessly put others in danger. We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. Make the right choice – if your celebrations include drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home."

July 4th 2017

*10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets
*240 DWI arrest
*152 crash investigations with 3 fatalities & 248 injuries

Undercover vehicles will also be on the roads with troopers looking for anyone using their phones and other electronic devices while driving.

This holiday, put down the phone and concentrate on driving. If you've been drinking plan another way home; a friend, taxi, Uber, Lyft, or sleep it off in your car until it's safe to get behind the wheel.



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