New York State Police are cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday weekend. While they're patrolling all over the state, there are two counties where they need to load up. These two New York counties made the list of the 15 counties in America with the worst drunk driving problems.

The endorsement period for the increased drunk driving patrols kicked off at 6 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022, and run through 3 am on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

During this enforcement period, drivers can expect to encounter sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel.

Between 2009 and 2018, the number of drunk driving fatalities in New York State was 3,233.

According to New York State Police,

In New York State slightly more than 30% of the fatal crashes are alcohol related. There is also an injury every 2 minutes associate with drunk driving. A driver suspected of impaired driving may be asked to submit to a blood, breath, urine or saliva test to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs in the body.


These 2 New York Counties Are Among The Top 15 In U.S. For Most Drunk Drivers analyzed the data and released the list of the 15 (small) counties in America with the worst drunk driving problems. The website considers small counties to have populations of between 200,000 and 349,999.

While two counties in New York made the list of small counties, neither landed in the top spot. That 'honor' went to a county in Texas,

1. Lubbock County, TX

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The two (small) New York counties that made the list are:

5. Oneida County, NY

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13. Saratoga County, NY

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As far as medium and large counties, the good news is that none in New York made the list of the worst 15.

While you're out and about celebrating the holiday, remember, that the crackdown is underway. Marked and unmarked vehicles will be on the roads across the state and sobriety checkpoints are in effect. NYSP Troopers warn,

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

You can get a reality check on the cost of driving while impaired below.

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