RYE BROOK, N.Y. ? Rye Brook police will crack down on impaired drivers this Memorial Day weekend by increasing roving and saturated patrols. According to police, impaired driving crashes kill over 10,000 people annually and account for almost a third of traffic-related deaths.
Rye Brook Police Lt. Eugene Matthews said Memorial Day parties create a perfect storm for impaired driving incidents.
"The amount of alcohol that one can consume during a day-long party or celebration candrastically impair the motor skills needed to drive safely," says Matthews. "Add the fact that many others may be out driving impaired and that visual skills also decrease at night and you have a recipe for disaster."
The stats back up Matthews' theory. More than 80 percent of impaired driving fatalties happen at night, five times more than during the day. In addition to potentially harming yourself and others, impaired driving can lead to loss of a license, insurance hikes and jail time.
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