STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Super Bowl DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run January 31 – February 2, 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 during the Super Bowl weekend.

Broome County STOP-DWI encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. According to data from NHTSA, in 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States—31 percent of all crash fatalities in the nation. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states.
 
“The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sporting events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “Our STOP-DWI Program and local law enforcement have teamed up to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
 
Don’t just make Super Bowl 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
  • 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 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
01/27/2015 - 9:23am