STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Holiday Season DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run December 12, 2014 – January 1, 2015

(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program 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.

Every year, more than 10,300 people are killed by drunk drivers in America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2012 alone, there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. In 2013, 47 drivers were arrested for DWI in Broome County during the month of December.
 
“A lot of folks think they know their own limits. They think that if they’re just a little ‘buzzed,’ then they’re still good to drive. Time and again, drivers who may have only had a couple of drinks put themselves and others at serious risk,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.
 
Don’t just make holiday party plans—make a plan to stay alive.
  • 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
  • Take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 when it’s safe to do so
  • 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
The STOP-DWI crackdowns are comprised of several periods organized 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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12/09/2014 - 4:05pm