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Poughkeepsie … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today law enforcement agencies throughout Dutchess County will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on drunk and impaired driving, leading up to and including the Labor Day holiday. The crackdown effort is currently underway and will conclude Monday, September 7th.
While many will spend the Labor Day holiday and mark the conclusion of summer celebrating with loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and local municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “We thank the devoted men and women of law enforcement who work every day to rid our roadways of drunk and impaired motorists. Drinking and driving is a choice – one that often has deadly consequences. While you may choose to celebrate the unofficial end of summer, we ask you do so responsibly: If you choose to drink at a small, socially distant Labor Day gathering, please be responsible and arrange a ride home. If you drive drunk, local agencies will enforce our laws and take you off the road before you injure or kill other motorists or yourself.”
The STOP-DWI Labor Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from our STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Halloween and 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 make a difference with a sober plan by downloading the “Have a Plan” mobile app.