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State police, other agencies begin weekend crackdown

State troopers using marked and unmarked vehicles and officers with local law enforcement agencies across the state are mounting a holiday weekend crackdown on motorists impaired by alcohol or drugs or distracted by using cell phones or other devices.

State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said motorists can plan on seeing more highway checkpoints operating all weekend on major highways. He said the use of unmarked vehicles will allow police to better observe driving violations without calling attention to the presence of law enforcement.

D’Amico said that during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend crackdown, troopers arrested 235 people for drunken driving and issued more than 12,000 traffic tickets statewide.

The crackdown is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the state’s STOP-DWI highway safety program, which is financially self-sustaining and allows participating counties across the state to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol- and drug-related traffic offenses.