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Preston & Harder Announce Stop-DWI Crackdown Grant, Increased Patrols Over Halloween

(Binghamton, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and Sheriff David Harder today announced a Grant totaling $23,712 for increased patrols over the upcoming Holiday seasons, aimed at cracking down on driving-while-intoxicated offenses.  They were joined by local Law Enforcement Officials from throughout Broome County.

The Grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Association will cover seven time periods throughout the remainder of 2012 and throughout 2013.  The first crackdown period will focus on Halloween 2012.

“I take DWI offenses very seriously,” said Preston. “My Aunt was killed by a drunk driver and my mother was critically injured by a drunk driver, causing years of recovery.  I’ve seen first-hand what the actions of drunk drivers can do to victims and their families.  This Grant will help us continue to crack down on these serious offenses.  Anyone who plans to drink and get behind the wheel in Broome County needs to reconsider their plans.”

In 2011, 641 DWI arrests were made County wide.

“Cracking down on DWI offenses is a top priority of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Harder. “We will continue to vigorously enforce the law and hope that the public is aware that they will be caught and arrested if they choose to drive drunk.  This Grant will help us patrol the County through the upcoming Holidays, when statistically DWI arrests are on the rise.”

The Grant will be divided among the New York State Police, Sheriff’s Office and the local municipalities with Police Departments to fund additional DWI Patrols throughout the County. 

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10/18/2012 - 3:03pm