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Statewide DWI, texting crackdown during Super Bowl


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during Super Bowl Weekend.

According to New York State Police, there was an 89 percent increase this year over last year, on texting-while-driving tickets written by law enforcement. In 26 of New York's 62 counties, the number of texting tickets more than doubled over the past year, prompting Governor Cuomo to announce a statewide STOP-DWI, texting-while-driving crackdown for Super Bowl weekend.

"We have some undercover SUV vehicles, which give us a little better vantage point to see down into the vehicles. We also are using other type vehicles that can't be seen, and to tell you the truth, just the everyday trooper in a marked car," said Major Martin Hansen of the New York State Police

The Super Bowl texting-while-driving crackdown runs from January 31 through February 3.

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