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State Police are out in full force, cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday. Our Eva McKend has more on the efforts of law enforcement to keep the roads safe.
LIBERTY, N.Y. -- Across the state, party goers are met with a combination of check points and roving patrols.
State Police, out in full force, target areas where they believe there will be high incidents of DWI.
"Driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired by drugs is a killer year round. The data shows that during our holiday seasons, there's an increase of traffic related crashes from DWI," said Jamie Kaminski, the Liberty based Troop F State Police Captain.
Though cautioned, people still take the risk, subjecting themselves to potentially fatal consequences and heavy penalties and fines.
Troopers say, time and time again, it all could be avoided if there is simply a designated driver.
"Not only will you not put your life, your friends life and the lives of other people on the road at risk, you'll have a good time and you'll stay out of trouble," said Kaminski.
State Police say DWI check points save lives.
According to data provided by State Police, nearly 800 people died of drunk driving related crashes in the month of December nationwide in 2011.
"We don't know how many lives we actually save in our efforts but it's very important because we've all lost family and friends from people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Kaminski.
So drive sober or get pulled over.
Refusing to take a breath test will result in the automatic loss of a license and multiple violations could lead to time behind bars.