State police have launched their annual 2013 holiday accident and injury prevention campaign with plans for increased traffic enforcement over the weekend targeting drunken drivers, speeders and people not wearing seat belts.
State police have scheduled sobriety checkpoints and enhanced DUI enforcement operations across the state. Police ask anyone going out and consuming alcohol to make plans in advance for a non-drinking driver. Anyone who suspects a drunken driver is asked to call 911 and report it to the police.
Police say distracted driving, cellphone use, speeding and not wearing seat belts will be an important part of this year's enforcement campaign.
During last year's enforcement effort, during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, police said they investigated 783 accidents, including 79 involving injuries and three fatal accidents that resulted in four deaths. Additionally, police handed out 1,027 speeding tickets, 59 seat belt violations and 1,986 other moving violations.