STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Thanksgiving DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run November 27 – December 1, 2013

(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 Thanksgiving holiday.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 598 people were killed on the nation's highways during Thanksgiving weekend last year, with nearly half (48 percent) alcohol-related. In 2012, 45 drivers were arrested for DWI in Broome County during the month of November.
 
“Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and be with family and friends,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We know that many people will go out to celebrate the holiday. We hope those people have a plan in place so everyone gets home safely.”
 
“The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest party nights of the year, on par with St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve. While we encourage people to enjoy their Thanksgiving activities responsibly, it’s important that they use a sober driver to get to and from their destination if they plan on consuming alcohol,” said Chris Marion, Broome County STOP-DWI Program Coordinator.
 
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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11/26/2013 - 1:23pm