Police agencies in Cortland County will join others across the state taking part in a special Halloween weekend crackdown on impaired driving.
The STOP-DWI enforcement effort begins today and runs through Sunday (October 30 – November 1).
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
Sheriff Mark Helms says sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.
“Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving,” reads a joint statement by New York State law enforcement. “When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our 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.”