New York’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is set to begin

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2021 | Drunk Driving Charges

For many New Yorkers, a big part of the holiday season involves indulging in a bit more holiday cheer than usual. Residents of the state tend to hand out drinks throughout the Christmas season. They expect you to drink up and celebrate even though you must still drive yourself home when the festivities end.

Government offices, including the Department of Transportation, state troopers and local police departments, know that people drink more during the holidays. As such, the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign begins on December 17 and will run through January 1, 2022.

The 2020 campaign resulted in many DUI citations

In last year’s campaign, police officers issued more than 2,000 citations for driving while impaired. If you want to protect your good name and avoid harsh legal penalties, be on the lookout for police this year, or better yet, refrain from drinking and driving.

Anti-DUI enforcement methods to expect in the 2021 campaign include:

  • Increased field sobriety testing checkpoints
  • Extra state police officers patrolling for DUI
  • Underage alcohol consumption enforcement

You should be able to spot at least some additional police vehicles during the 2021 campaign. However, state police officers also plan to use unmarked cars, making it even harder to avoid law enforcement.

Although the campaign centers on enforcing the state’s DUI laws, officers will also make arrests for other violations. In other words, it probably will not be easy to avoid the police during this year’s Christmas season. To get ahead in protecting yourself should you face an arrest on DUI charges, we suggest familiarizing yourself with your defense options. It is also wise to learn more about the campaign.