State Police and local law enforcement will be conducting special enforcement efforts to deter drinking and driving during St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The traffic enforcement detail begins today and runs through Sunday.

Drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and stings targeting underage drinking and illegal sales of alcohol to minors during the campaign

Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers using hand held electronic devices.

"If your St. Patrick's Day weekend will involve drinking alcohol, please make the responsible decision and have a designated driver to ensure a safe trip home," Governor Cuomo said. "A day of celebrating can quickly turn into devastation because of bad decisions, and state and local law enforcement will be out in full force to keep our roadways safe."

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