- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police are again increasing patrols this Halloween weekend in an effort to crack down on drunk driving and underage drinking.

Troopers are conducting a special traffic enforcement effort statewide, including underage drinker identification details. Drivers can expect several sobriety checkpoints, additional patrols, and enforcement of underage drinking and sales to minors.

The effort began Friday and continues through Tuesday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads.

During last year’s initiative, there were more than 730 crashes, which killed three people and injured 126 others. Troopers also arrested 167 people for DWI and issued more than 7,600 tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other traffic violations.

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