Law enforcement will have increased DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day

Staff Reports Posted 16 March 2021 at 9:28 am

There will be increased law patrols from law enforcement for driving while intoxicated or impaired beginning today through March 21.

This special traffic enforcement detail is designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. It is sponsored by STOP-DWI with funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

“As New Yorkers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I urge them to do so safely and responsibly,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “There is zero tolerance for impaired driving in New York. It is grossly reckless on the part of the driver, and it puts all those on the road in danger. Impaired drivers will be caught and held accountable, so plan for a safe ride home.”

During the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day campaign, which occurred March 13 through March 18, law enforcement throughout the state issued 77,444 tickets for vehicle and traffic law violations, including 1,944 arrests for DWI.

These STOP-DWI enforcement campaigns occur throughout the year. During the recent Super Bowl campaign, which was held from Feb. 5 through Feb. 8, law enforcement agencies throughout the state issued 26,127 tickets for vehicle and traffic law violations and made 846 arrests for DWI.

Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke said law enforcement agencies in Orleans County will join forces to increase DWI patrols the next five days.

The sheriff urges people who are drinking to plan a safe way to get home. They can call for a ride from a sober friend or family member, or reach out for a taxi or Uber.