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STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Halloween Weekend DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run October 30 to November 1, 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 Halloween weekend.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2009 to 2013, 119 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drunk drivers on Halloween night across the country.

 

“On Halloween and on other holidays that often involve alcohol, we need to pay special attention to keeping impaired drivers off the road, and that’s why our friends in law enforcement will be out on the road pulling over drunk drivers,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston

 

Don’t just make Halloween party plans—make a plan to stay alive.

  • If you plan on drinking make arrangements to take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation by downloading the free STOP-DWI Have A Plan mobile app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Count your drinks. Eat plenty of food, takes breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
  • 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 guests to designate a sober driver in advance
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 when it’s safe to do so

 

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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10/29/2015 - 10:41am