Now that the Fourth of July festivities are coming to a close many people are getting back on the road to head home. State Police have extra patrols on watch to make sure everyone gets home safely.
“Well the Memorial Day and Fourth of July are traditionally the beginnings of summer and we in law enforcement tend to accelerate our efforts in terms of trying to assist the public in getting safely to their desired destinations,” said Horseheads State Trooper Lieutenant Michael McDarby.
Because of the nature of many Fourth of July celebrations, officers are on the lookout for drivers who are under the influence.
“We certainly notice a great deal of additional travelers who are not from the area who are enjoying recreational activities. And as such they are more likely to partake in events that cause them to be out later and to be less rested and of course to also indulge in alcoholic beverages,” McDarby said.
But even if you haven’t had anything to drink, troopers are still checking to make sure all other traffic laws are obeyed.
“We’ll have additional patrols on the roadway trying to identify intoxicated motorist driving aggressively and other violations as we always do,” McDarby said.
They say their priority is makin gsure everyone has a safe trip home after the holiday.
“It’s always our objective for people to enjoy the roadways of our state and the neighborhoods and communities in which they live in,” Mc Darby said.
“And we just encourage them to enjoy these festivities and the fireworks and everything associated with this holiday responsibly so that they can appreciate the company of their families and arrive at their destination safely,” he said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, forty-two percent of all drunk-driving fatalities betwee 2010 and 2014 occured over the Fourth of July holidays.