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Monroe County To Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Fourth of July Enforcement Effort

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced that Monroe County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving this Fourth of July weekend.

“Fourth of July weekend provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our nation’s independence. As we spend time with our friends and families this weekend, I encourage you to do so safely and responsibly,” said Dinolfo. “As County Executive, public safety is one of my top priorities and I am pleased that our County law enforcement agencies will be joining their partners throughout the state to ensure that our roads remain free from impaired drivers this Fourth of July.”

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts run through July 4th. Historically, Fourth of July weekend brings about increases in impaired driving. The New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

“Monroe County’s STOP-DWI Program has led to significant reductions in the number of fatalities caused by drunken drivers – but there are still too many lives being lost because of motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk and/or impaired drivers,” said O’Flynn. “We hope to reduce those numbers even further with highly visible enforcement efforts over the Fourth of July holiday weekend."

The Fourth of July Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

“As District Attorney, I see tragedies in our community each and every day,” said Doorley. “Tragedies on the roads can be avoided by being aware of one’s surroundings and making smart choices when we drive. During this upcoming holiday when we celebrate the freedom we have as Americans, we can respect our country by being safe and respectful while behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

Monroe County STOP DWI Coordinator Peggy Duffy encourages community members to download the “Have a Plan” mobile app to receive more information on responsible driving or to locate and call a taxi service in the area. The app may be found at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.