STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Holiday Season DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run December 13, 2013 – January 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 holiday season.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011, 760 people lost their lives as a result of drunk-driving-related crashes during the month of December nationwide. In December of 2012, 57 drivers were arrested for DWI in Broome County.
 
“The holiday season is about celebrating with family and friends and having a good time,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “Driving while impaired is a crime that seriously risks your safety and the safety of those around you. Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, drunk driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or worse—death.”
 
Broome County STOP-DWI would like to remind drivers of the following tips:
 
  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving;
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Have a plan; designate a sober driver before the party begins;
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
The STOP-DWI Crackdown is comprised of several crackdown 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 Association.
 
For more information about Broome County STOP-DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com or follow the program on Facebook.
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12/12/2013 - 8:49am