OSWEGO – 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 July 3 and will end on July 7.
The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Friday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Wednesday and festivities to begin on Thursday and run through July 7.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012, representing a third of all crash fatalities. 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 aggressively target those who put lives in danger.
The Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets 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.