Police to crack down on drunken driving during holidays

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State, county and local police are warning drivers today that they can expect to see numerous checkpoints and increased patrols during the New Year's holiday in a widespread effort to crack down on drinking and driving across the Hudson Valley.

New York state Sen. David Carlucci says that 28 people die every day in alcohol-related crashes nationwide and that number skyrockets to 70 New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  That's why he says New York will have a strict zero-tolerance program toward anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel over the upcoming New Year's holiday. "In New York state, if you are drinking and driving, you will be arrested. Our law enforcement will be out in full force, particularly over the holiday, taking people off the road who shouldn't be there."

Police say there will also be heavy patrols along roads to and from bars and restaurants.

Anastasia Karassik says she lost her 13-year-old daughter Larisa in 2015 in a drunken driving accident. Now her family suffers the tragedy of another driver's bad decision every single day. “Our family is living every parent's worst nightmare. You never think your child is going to go out for ice cream at the age of 13 and never come home,” says Karassik.

Karassik says drivers who choose to drink at all should always use designated drivers or one of the many car services now available. 

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