Oswego County STOP-DWI Coordinator Robert Lighthall announced that Oswego County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 26 and will end on May 30.
Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer.
In addition there will be thousands of parties and barbecues to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better weather has arrived.
This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired with 13% more fatalities than on a non-holiday weekend.
The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.
“Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer, the season for trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, graduation parties and weddings, and other gatherings,” Lighthall said. “But, these activities can all too often result in some people overindulging in alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a car.”
The advanced announcement of the stepped up anti-impaired driving efforts is aimed at discouraging drunk driving.
“We want to urge those who will be celebrating the holiday to make arrangements for getting home safely from parties, such as using a designated driver or taxis,” said Lighthall.
The Memorial Day 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 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and 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.