State, local officers crack down on impaired driving

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- New York State is getting tougher on impaired drivers.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign kicked off Thursday in downtown Buffalo.

The crackdown spans statewide and targets not only impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers.

The campaign lasts 20 days, but specific attention is being paid to Labor Day weekend. State and local police are teaming up with Canadian law enforcement to target heavily traveled areas along the border during that weekend.

There will also be regular sobriety check points manned by both state and local law enforcement throughout New York.

During the campaign kick-off, several law enforcement officials spoke about the state’s strategy to combat dangerous driving.

The crowd also heard from Wendi Reichmuth. She and her husband were struck by an impaired driver in 2001.

“My life is and will never be the same. We struggle financially, physically, and emotionally. You must think and understand what the consequences of your actions will bring. Not only to an innocent victim, but what it will mean for you,” Reichmuth said.

Officers said their strategies are working; in the past ten years traffic-related fatalities have gone down by 30 percent annually in New York.

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