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Monroe County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Enforcement Effort

Monroe County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Enforcement Effort

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Sheriff Todd Baxter and District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced that Monroe County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving this Labor Day weekend.

“Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to mark the end of summer and spend time with our friends and families in a responsible manner,” said Dinolfo. “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 Labor Day weekend. Thank you to all of our local police agencies for their continuing aggressive efforts to keep our roads safe year-round.”

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts run through September 3rd. Historically, holiday weekends bring 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. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

“Anytime you drink or are impaired by illegal drugs and get behind the wheel of a car, you are gambling; gambling with your life, gambling with the lives of those in your vehicle, and gambling with the lives of other motorists on the road,” said Baxter. “Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies have made 226 DWI arrests between January 1, 2018 and July 31, 2018. The diligent work of our deputies, in collaboration with the great work being conducted by Monroe County’s STOP-DWI Program, has greatly reduced the number of deaths caused by drunk or impaired drivers, however there is much more work to be done. We all play a part in preventing senseless deaths on our highways and roadways. Before you drink, THINK before taking the wheel.”

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

“As District Attorney and former DWI Bureau Chief, I have seen firsthand how drinking and driving can ruin someone's life and the lives of those around them,” said Doorley. “These are completely preventable tragedies that can be avoided by making smart choices when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Thank you to my partners in law enforcement for taking this extra step to ensure the safety of our roads as we conclude our summer during this upcoming holiday weekend.”

The “Have a Plan” mobile app is available for 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.