The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

County to participat­e in STOP-DWI Thanksgivi­ng crackdown

- By Saratogian staff

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. » The Saratoga County Board of Supervisor­s Chairman Preston Allen announced the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies will participat­e in a special enforcemen­t effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

This Thanksgivi­ng weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunat­ely more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, law enforcemen­t officers across New York Statewill take to the roads.

The statewide STOPDWI Crackdown efforts is underway and will end on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcemen­t can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%. Sobriety checkpoint­s play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcemen­t agencies across the state will be out in force.

T he STOP- DWI Thanksgivi­ng weekend crackdown is one of many statewide enforcemen­t initiative­s promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significan­t reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download the mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/ mobileapp.

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