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.
While we spend this holiday season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year, the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts started December 12 and will end on January 1.
New York State Police, county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.
The STOP-DWI Holiday Season Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and implemented by the STOP-DWI Foundation.
In addition the foundation has created a new Mobile App – “Have A Plan” that is available as a free download for smart phones to help find safe rides home no matter where you may be celebrating.
This was created with the help of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, who supported the development of this new technology.
To download this free app, go to www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp or visit your app store.
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. It is significant to note that nationwide in 2012 during the holiday period (December 12-31) there were 1,698 motorists killed in traffic crashes with 31% attributable to impaired driving.
According to NHTSA data, 60 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing their seat belts and 42 percent were killed in crashes that involved a drunk driver who had a blood alcohol content of .08 BAC or higher. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.
“Driving while intoxicated is 100 percent preventable. All it takes is you.” Lighthall said.
Download the “Have a plan” mobile app today.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!