Stop DWI event slated

FONDA — To keep streets safe during the holiday weekend, local police agencies in Montgomery County will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts begin today and end on May 28.

According to a press release, Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. State police, county sheriff’s office and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in full force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.

“This weekend please do the right thing, have a plan, make the right choices,” said Montgomery County Emergency Services and STOP-DWI Coordinator Jeffrey R. Kaczor. “Remember it only takes one bad decision to affect not only you, but everyone around you.”

Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith said there will be extra DWI patrols out all weekend.

“Enjoy the holiday responsibly, but remember the purpose of the holiday, and don’t forget the veterans,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith.

The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of the many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown campaign also targets the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the holiday season, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.

The goal of the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign is to further reduce the incidents caused by drunk and impaired driving.

To help make a difference, anyone planning on celebrating the holiday should have a sober plan. Anyone can download the mobile app “Have a Plan” to find a safe ride home.

“Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning,” the press release states.