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News Release    

April 27, 2006      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Sends Funds to Help Fishkill Fight Drunk Driving

Poughkeepsie… County Executive William R. Steinhaus today announced agreements between the Dutchess County and the Town of Fishkill and the Village of Fishkill. These separate agreements will direct money to provide additional road patrols to enforce Driving While Intoxicated laws.

County Executive Steinhaus stated, “These funds are another step towards eliminating this public safety danger. Not only does this focused effort help identify those guilty of driving in this impaired and perilous condition and reduce the amount of alcohol related crashes, it also serves as a deterrent for anyone considering driving a vehicle after having consumed alcohol.

The program is overseen and funded through Dutchess County’s Stop DWI department and will provide both the Village and Town of Fishkill police departments extra funds to increase patrols with specific emphasis placed on location, days and hours statistically high in alcohol related crashes and previous DWI arrests.

According to Dutchess County Stop DWI coordinator, William Johnson, “The Town and the Village will provide records and documentation showing the activity logs for arrests, tickets and locations, which will validate results and help with future efforts to curb this offense.”

Assigned patrols under this contract shall be in addition to regular police coverage as “overtime” hours.

County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “I am committed to the safety and well being of our county residents. These monies we are sending to Fishkill will help to ensure safer roads in these communities. Similar projects are planned for the rest of the county.”


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