STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Extended Labor Day DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run August 15 to September 1, 2014

(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 during the 2014 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Crackdown.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that of  the 390 people killed in traffic crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2012, one in four were in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher –that’s almost double the legal limit nationwide. Young drivers from 18 to 34 years old are overrepresented in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, especially over the Labor Day holiday. That weekend in 2012, 48 percent of young drivers killed in crashes were drunk.
 
To crack down on drunk driving this Labor Day weekend, local law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.
 
“We encourage people to get out and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer, but do so responsibly and remember if you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan to and from your destination using a designated driver, taxi, or by walking. Whatever you do, please don’t drive,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  
 
Have a plan before the fun begins:
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The STOP-DWI Crackdown is comprised of several periods promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation. These efforts are supported with funding from both the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
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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08/12/2014 - 2:24pm