A Thanksgiving DWI crackdown began Wednesday today and runs through Sunday (November 25-29), joining together state and local law enforcement agencies.
Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms confirmed police in his jurisdiction would be participating.
While travel estimates are down on average, Thanksgiving remains one of the busiest travel times of the year.
That also makes it one of the most dangerous times to hit the road.
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
Sobriety checkpoints will also be in place, which play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.
State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.
The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Police will also target 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.
You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home.
Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Weekend!