DUI crackdown through Labor Day; checkpoints begin Thursday

The Labor Day Weekend is just about here, and the State of NY wants to make sure you stay safe while you're out enjoying the holiday.

"Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts - and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns mean a "zero tolerance approach" to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs", MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said in a release.

There were 51 DUI arrests and 283 crashes past year during the Labor Day holiday weekend, state police said. The Labor Day travel period runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 4. In conjunction with Operation C.A.R.E., troopers across the state, along with about 150 other law enforcement agencies in MI, will be participating in the national safety campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over". Unmarked vehicles will also be on patrol.

State Police also investigated 707 total traffic crashes, stopped 8,676 speeders and 2,772 reckless drivers, and cited 739 safety belt violations and 210 child safety seat violations during the 2016 holiday weekend.

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The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 6:30 a.m. and lasting until noon on Labor Day.

Nationally, one-third of all traffic fatalities involved drivers who were impaired - a blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher - according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Connecticut State Police troopers have been called to more than 100 crashes including more than a dozen with injuries this holiday weekend. The statewide efforts focus on men aged 21 to 35, who accounted for almost one-third of those killed in alcohol-related crashes in the state past year.

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