Genesee County to participate in statewide STOP-DWI Fourth of July

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 2, 2017

The program provides local police departments with special funding needed to implement a "drunk and drugged driving saturation enforcement strategy" for the holidays - a campaign, authorities said, to make streets and waterways safer for holiday weekend celebrants.

The five-day STOP-DWI crackdown begins Friday, June 30 and will end on July 4th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. In an effort to keep NY highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel, State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints, along with speeding and seat belt enforcement details throughout the state.

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. Two-thirds of the crashes involved at least one driver with a BAC of.15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit. There is simply no excuse for getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

"We just ask that they do so safely and responsibly, that they have a plan in place", said Captain Kathleen Newcomb with the Broome County Sheriff's Office. Vehicle services, taxis, and local transit provide just some options for a safe ride.

New Yorkers can also use the NYSP "Have a Plan" app, which finds rides in your area.

The Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. State Police will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.

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