Driving while intoxicated was a key topic at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address Wednesday. The facts have meaning all across the Empire State.
Enforcing tougher penalties could be the biggest obstacle. It's hard to catch drivers who ignore license suspensions unless they happen to get pulled over or involved in a crash. Last year, Syracuse police issued 367 tickets for driving while intoxicated and 33 for drug impaired drivers. But, there's another issue gang momentum. 266 drivers in Syracuse were cited for talking on their cell phones, 46 for texting. The goal, the Governor says is to teach young drivers about the consequences early.
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