Oswego County takes part in STOP-DWI Crackdown effort

Oswego County STOP-DWI Coordinator Robert Lighthall advises that Oswego County will participate in a state-wide STOP-DWI Crackdown enforcement effort this holiday season.

The Oswego County STOP-DWI program provides funding to police agencies throughout the county for police sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols.

Residents should take responsible and appropriate precautions when driving to ensure their safety and that of other drivers.

“When making plans with family and friends, be sure to have a plan – designate a driver, call a taxi or make overnight arrangements, but please DON’T DRINK and DRIVE,” said Bob Lighthall, director.

Be a responsible host when planning a party and avoid tragedy and arrest:

• Remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver;
• Always offer alcohol-free beverages;
• Take the keys and don’t let a friend drive if they are impaired; and,
• Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver, or have sleep-over accommodations.

Local law enforcement agencies will be out in force this holiday season, utilizing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, to deter impaired driving and ensure the safety of our roadways. Motorists are reminded that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will put them over the limit and under arrest.

The STOP-DWI Program, or “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated,” is a comprehensive highway safety program funded by the fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses occurring within the county. All 62 counties in New York State have a STOP-DWI Program. Oswego County STOP-DWI provides equipment to local and county police agencies to aid DWI enforcement efforts.