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New Yorkers who have been drinking may want to think twice before getting behind the wheel this holiday weekend. An announcement was made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that authorities across the state will be on the lookout for impaired and drunk drivers, as well as drivers committing other violations such as texting and driving. The crackdown will last the entire long weekend, beginning on Friday and running through Monday.

Similar efforts last year by State Police and 33 participating counties resulted in more than 13,000 tickets and summonses being issued and nearly 500 arrests being made. New Yorkers should expect to see an increased police presence on the road, as well as sobriety checkpoints.

While some police cars are easy for drivers to spot, the State Police will also have troopers out in what are known as Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement cars. These vehicles appear to be unmarked as they drive through traffic but once the lights are turned on, their status as police cars will be readily apparent to other drivers.

Memorial Day is typically one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, as it unofficially kick starts the summer season. Across the country, the number of people driving more than 50 miles is estimated to be more than 38 million according CBS New York. In addition, a strong economy and low gas prices may result in even more New Yorkers than last year hitting the road this weekend, typically heading north to New England or to the busy beaches in Long Island and New Jersey.

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