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Troopers promise crackdown on impaired, distracted drivers over Thanksgiving holiday

The State Police will boost enforcement efforts for impaired, distracted, aggressive and reckless driving on New York's roads in the busy travel days surrounding Thanksgiving.

From Wednesday through Sunday, there will be additional patrols and sobriety checkpoints, the State Police have announced.

There will also be an underage drinker initiative as well as "Operation Hang Up," which targets distracted drivers through the use of unmarked patrol vehicles, known as Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles. According to the State Police, these vehicles blend into everyday traffic but are obviously emergency vehicles when emergency lighting is activated.

"All motorists should make safety their top priority this weekend," State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said in a statement. "Put away your smartphones, follow posted speed limits, make certain that all occupants are buckled up, and move over and slow down when you see emergency and highway maintenance vehicles on the side of the road. Remember, if you’re holiday weekend includes alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Get a ride home with a sober driver or make other arrangements. Our Troopers will be highly visible to ensure everybody has a safe Thanksgiving weekend."

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