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Undersheriff John Winchell announced today that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office along with local police agencies will participate in a special Memorial Day weekend enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 26th and will end on May 30th.
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 barbeques 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 Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period. 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.
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.