Poughkeepsie … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced police agencies throughout Dutchess County will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl weekend, beginning Friday, Feb. 11th and concluding Monday, Feb. 14th. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and municipal law enforcement agencies will join agencies across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.
County Executive Molinaro said, “A truly American event, the Super Bowl is more than the final football game of the season – it has evolved into one of our largest national celebrations, regardless of your interest in the game. More than just our nation’s most-watched sporting event, the Super Bowl is also a historically dangerous day for motorists, as impaired drivers take to the roads following the final play. If you attend a Super Bowl party this weekend, please make getting a safe ride home part of your game plan. Impaired driving is inexcusable, and the devoted men and women in law enforcement will continue to keep our roads safe – as they do every day, not just on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Research shows high visibility community engagement campaigns can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. Law enforcement agencies throughout Dutchess County and the state will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths.
The Super Bowl crackdown is one of many statewide high visibility community engagement campaigns promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. The statewide STOP-DWI engagement campaigns also target Labor Day Weekend, 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 High Visibility Community Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
Drivers can help to make a difference by having a sober plan! Motorists can download the mobile app, “Have a Plan,” and be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.