Poughkeepsie … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced law enforcement agencies throughout Dutchess County agencies are participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign is currently underway and will conclude following Labor Day, Monday, September 6th.
Labor Day is one of the busiest travel times of the year and marks the official end of summer. New York State Police, county sheriffs’ offices, municipal law enforcement agencies and local STOP-DWI programs are collaborating across the state and are out in force during this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.
County Executive Molinaro said, “While many will celebrate this holiday weekend, we ask residents to do so safely – if you plan on including alcohol in your celebrations, please also plan for a ride home so as not to endanger your life or the lives of those with whom you share the road. We are grateful to the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who are patrolling our roadways and protecting motorists from impaired drivers.”
Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
The STOP-DWI Labor Day/End of Summer High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets Memorial Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.
Residents are encouraged to have a sober plan. STOP-DWI New York urges residents to download its mobile app, “Have a Plan,” which enables drivers to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp. Impaired driving is completely preventable.