State police called to more than 100 crashes this holiday weekend

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State police called to more than 100 crashes this holiday weekend

The New York State Police are again participating in a national crackdown, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over", during the Labor Day weekend.

Many of you may be starting your Labor Day travels this afternoon and Michigan State Police are reminding you to drive carefully this weekend.

"The fact that we have lost 50 more lives in traffic crashes this year than in 2016 should be of major concern for all Virginians, especially as we head into the heavily-traveled Labor Day weekend", Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent, said in a statement. On Friday, Sept. 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4.

Police agencies across Erie County will be out in force Labor Day weekend - with almost 175 extra hours of DWI patrols assigned this weekend. Beach said his agency's goal is to maximize DWI enforcement efforts to make sure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by intoxicated or drug-impaired drivers during this time.

Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the worldwide traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E., which stands for Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts. Unmarked vehicles will also be on patrol. 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 a year ago.

In addition to drunken drivers, troopers will also be watching for distracted drivers, occupants who are not buckled up and drivers who violate the Move Over Law intended for emergency service workers.

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