STOP-DWI to Coordinate Parade Day and St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdowns

Checkpoints and patrols run March 1st, 2014 and March 14-18th, 2014

(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 Parade Day and throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people have been senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011. Those fatalities were preventable.
 
“We encourage as many people as possible to come out dressed up in your green on St. Patrick’s Day and for Parade Day. We ask that you be smart when it comes to getting home,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “We know many people will celebrate the holiday, whether with friends or at a local pub. Just make sure you have a plan to get home. Designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi. There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking.”
 
To prevent these tragedies from occurring, the Broome County STOP-DWI Program recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy Parade Day and St. Patrick’s Day:        
  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police. You could save a life.
  • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
The STOP-DWI Crackdown is comprised of several periods promoted 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 Association.
 
For more information about Broome County STOP-DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com or follow the program on Facebook.com/broomestopdwi or Twitter @broomestopdwi
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02/27/2014 - 11:16pm