Law enforcers plan drunk driving crackdown Thanksgiving weekend

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Area law enforcement agencies, including several in Oneida and Madison counties are joining forces to crackdown on impaired driving during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Madison County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matthew White said Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.

Although many public health officials are encouraging people to not gather in large numbers for Thanksgiving to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus, law enforcers are still planning for busy traffic, including impaired drivers on the roads.

In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and will end on Sunday, Nov. 29.

White said research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20% and sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target the national Holiday Season in December.

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.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Residents can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan and download the mobile app “Have a Plan” at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

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