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State police release Thanksgiving enforcement results

Troopers issued 11,198 tickets during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, beginning last Wednesday.

During the campaign, the New York State Police supplemented regular patrols statewide focusing on speed enforcement, impaired driving, underage drinking and distracted driving.

The effort incorporated fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker initiative and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which targets distracted drivers by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand-held devices. The unmarked vehicles blend in with everyday traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Troopers also were on the look-out for those not properly buckled up or violating the “Move Over Law.” A sampling of tickets issued includes 4,237 for speeding; 565, distracted driving; 172, driving while intoxicated; and 138 for Move Over Law violations.