Brooks Showcases New "Have A Plan" App & Announces STOP-DWI Crackdown for Labor Day
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks showcased the new, free “Have A Plan” mobile app that provides tools and resources for users to get home safely if they are impaired. The app is available to download free of charge on iPhone, Droid and Windows platforms.
“When someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs decides to get behind the wheel, they put the entire community at risk,” said Brooks. “Thankfully, STOP-DWI efforts in Monroe County have created a greater education and awareness about the dangers of drunk and impaired drinking, which has led to a reduction in the number of alcohol and drug related motor vehicle fatalities. The ‘Have A Plan’ mobile app will reinforce our message to make the right choice and get home safely.”
The app features the ability to preload a list of designated drivers, find a taxi cab via GPS, an alcohol impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment level, and a ‘Report DWI’ button that connects users to their local 911 service. The app also offers a list of DWI facts and myths and access to STOP-DWI social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The release of the mobile app coincides with Monroe County’s participation in the Labor Day STOP-DWI crackdown effort that will start in August 15th and end on September 1st. New York State Police, Monroe County Sheriffs, and municipal law enforcement agencies from across the State will be out in force to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.
“The Labor Day holiday marks the unofficial end of summer,” said Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn. “While for some it’s a time to celebrate, this should be done responsibly. If you’re going to drink, please don’t drive. Plan ahead, call a cab, or select a designated driver. A time to celebrate should not be turned into a tragedy.”
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.