New York State Police Gave Out Over 26,000 Tickets St. Patrick’s Day
New York State Police were extremely busy during St. Patrick's Day weekend, issuing more than 26,000 tickets across the state. During the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period in 2021, the Troopers issued 19,599 tickets and arrested 299 people for Driving While Intoxicated. That's an increase of more than 6,000 in 2022. The enforcement period was 9 days this year - Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 20 - including two weekends, whereas last year was only five days with one weekend.
Troopers conducted sobriety checkpoints, DWI patrols and even monitored the sales of alcohol to minors. There were 243 people injured in car accidents and two people died.
Here Are All Of The Tickets, Arrests, And Incidents:
Driving While Intoxicated - 381
Speeding Tickets - 8,777
Distracted Driving - 754
Seatbelt Violations - 901
Move Over Law Violations - 221
Accidents - 1,663
It doesn't take a lot of tickets to have your license suspended in New York. It only takes 11 points within 18 months to have it suspended.
Speeding is calculated based on how fast you are driving over the posted speed limit. Even if you're not a speed demon, you could end up getting points for another type of moving violation.
If you know you've been wilding out and have gotten a few tickets, you can check your point accumulation online here. There is a way you can reduce your points - with the Point and Insurance Reduction Program.
Taking a DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) course will help to prevent you from losing your license in the event you accrued 11 or more points on your driving record.
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, here's how much each speeding ticket will cost you in driver's license points: