The COVID pandemic has changed the way people get together this summer. Many people stayed close to home and there was less traffic on the roads around Western New York.

That could be part of the reason that arrest and DWI numbers were down in New York state over the fourth of July weekend.

According to reports, Troopers say between July 3rd and the 5th, they issued over 92-hundred tickets. Most of the violations were for speeding and seat belt infractions while 180 people were arrested for drunk driving.

In just the Western New York area, there were a total of 799 tickets issued. A total of 16 DWI arrest and 61 citations related to child restraint/ seatbelts.

During last year’s 4th of July enforcement campaign, which ran from Saturday, June 29, 2019, through Friday, July 5, 2019, the State Police issued 16,388 total tickets and arrested 255 people for DWI.

We are mid-summer and as the weather stays nice, people seem to using local parks, campgrounds and backyards more than ever as the list of states on the New York quarantine list grows.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe on the roads!