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STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Holiday Season DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run December 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016

(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.

 

  • During the 2013 holiday enforcement period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes on our Nation’s roads, and almost a third (30%) of those fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes. On Christmas Day, 23 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • In the single month of December 2013, a staggering 733 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Drunk-driving fatalities happen around the holidays year after year. In crash fatalities in December from 2009-2013, there were a total of 3,857 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with high blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).

 

“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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12/16/2015 - 1:53pm