Troopers issue over 500 tickets, make five DWI arrests across North Country during Super Bowl weekend
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 9:24 am

State troopers apparently issued 527 tickets and made five driving while intoxicated arrests across the North Country, including St. Lawrence County, during an enforcement surge over Super Bowl Weekend.

A press release from the governor’s office said the initiative, held annually, was part of a statewide effort. Troopers issued more than 8,300 tickets and arrested 122 people across New York during the special STOP DWI traffic enforcement period.

In the North Country, including St. Lawrence County, troopers also issued 104 speeding tickets, and charged five people with distracted driving, nine with child restraint/seat belt violations, and three with move-over violations.

During the annual campaign, which started Friday, Feb. 1 and ran through 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, troopers increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers, the press release said.

The initiative was funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and was also carried out by local law enforcement agencies across the state.

Across the state, troopers arrested 122 people for DWI and investigated 370 crashes, which injured 66 people. State police did not respond to any fatal crashes during the weekend, the press release said.

As part of the enforcement, troopers also targeted drivers speeding and aggressive drivers across the state and issued a total of 8,372 tickets for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations.