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STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Extended Labor Day DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run August 19 through September 5, 2016

(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program today announced that law enforcement agencies across Broome County will deploy special DWI enforcement patrols to help ensure that our roadways will be safe during the extended Labor Day period.

 

Over the Labor Day holiday period in 2014, there were 401 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking. According to data compiled by the Broome County STOP-DWI Program, from July 1st, 2015 to the date of this release, 20 people have died on Broome County highways with alcohol or drugs playing a part in at least 8 crashes.

 

“We encourage people to get out and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer, but do so responsibly. Remember, if you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan to and from your destination using a designated driver, taxi, or by walking. Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. 

 

Don’t just make party plans—make a plan to stay alive.

  • If you plan on drinking, make arrangements now for how you’ll get home by downloading the free STOP-DWI Have A Plan mobile app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
  • Consider getting a sober ride to your destination so you won’t  have the option later to drive impaired
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol to fast. Pace yourself. Count your drinks. Eat plenty of food, takes breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going
  • If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic drinks and ask your guests to designate a sober driver in advance

 

STOP-DWI crackdowns are comprised of several periods organized by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation. These efforts are supported with funding from both the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

For more information about Broome County STOP-DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com or follow the program on Facebook.com/broomestopdwi or Twitter @broomestopdwi

08/18/2016 - 11:47am