STOP-DWI to Coordinate Parade Day and St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdowns

Checkpoints and patrols run March 7-8th, 2015 and March 13-18th, 2015

(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program today announced that law enforcement agencies across Broome County will deploy special DWI enforcement patrols to help ensure that our roadways will be safe on Parade Day and throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

For too many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
 
“We know many people will celebrate the holiday, whether with friends or at a local pub. Just make sure you have a plan to get home. Designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi. There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.
 
To prevent these tragedies from occurring, the Broome County STOP-DWI Program recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy Parade Day and St. Patrick’s Day:  
  • If you plan on drinking make arrangements now for how you’ll get home by downloading the free STOP-DWI Have A Plan mobile app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
  • Consider getting a sober ride to take you to your destination, so you won’t even have the option later to drive impaired
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol to fast. Pace yourself. Count your drinks. Eat plenty of food, takes breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks. Stop drinking after the third quarter
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going
  • If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic drinks and ask your quests to designate a sober driver in advance
The STOP-DWI Crackdown is promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation with funding from both the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and NHTSA.
 
For more information about Broome County STOP-DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com or follow the program on Facebook.com/broomestopdwi or Twitter @broomestopdwi
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03/03/2015 - 9:41am