Local law agencies to participate in holiday season DWI crackdown

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown and STOP DWI Coordinator Amanda Nellis announced Fulton County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

“While we spend this holiday season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York state will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives,” Nellis said in a news release.

The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown efforts started on Dec. 15 and will end on Jan. 1.

New York State Police, county sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out patrolling for impaired drivers.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.

“So much for happy holidays –in December 2016 impaired driving crashes resulted in 781 deaths. Over a 5-year period that total is almost 4,000 unnecessary and tragic deaths,” Nellis said in the release. “So this holiday season have a sober plan. Even one alcoholic drink is too many for you to drive. There are many alternatives — designate a sober driver, use public transportation, stay where you are but absolutely, Don’t Drive. Get a ride.”

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.