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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A 32-year-old Lockport man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Thanksgiving morning. Likewise, a 37-year-old Lockport woman was charged with DWI Sunday morning. They were two of 218 people ticketed for DWI across New York State over the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Michael S. Barry, 671 Gardenwood Dr., was stopped on South Transit Road and determined to be intoxicated. He was found to have a .16 percent blood alcohol volume and remanded to Niagara County Jail on $250 bail. He was due to return to Pendleton Town Court on Wednesday.

Karen M. Laporte-Guma, 6495 Dysinger Road, was stopped around 12:39 a.m. Sunday for an improper turn from South Transit Road onto Robinson Road, according to NCSO. She was charged with DWI and found to have a .13 percent blood alcohol content. She was also remanded to Niagara County Jail on $250 bail and was to be in Town of Lockport Court on Tuesday.

New York State Police issued 14,468 tickets -- including 218 for DWI -- as a result of increased enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today. The enforcement period kicked off on Nov. 25 and ran through Sunday.

“New York has zero tolerance for impaired and reckless drivers who put themselves and others at risk," Gov. Cuomo said. "I commend State Police keeping these dangerous drivers off the roads and helping to prevent needless tragedies this holiday weekend."

With Thanksgiving typically seeing the highest traffic volumes of the year, and alcohol consumption widespread, an increased police presence works to protect millions of travelers across the state. During Thanksgiving weekend 2014, State Troopers arrested 172 drivers for DWI, issued 4,237 speeding tickets, and gave out 565 tickets for distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 301 people were killed in traffic crashes nationwide during the holiday weekend. This year, State Police investigated one fatal accident that resulted in a single death over the same time period. Throughout the campaign, State Troopers were at the scene of more than 1,100 accidents.

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