Law enforcement will step up DWI patrols on Halloween

Posted 26 October 2018 at 3:41 pm

Press Release, Sheriff Randy Bower

Halloween is meant to be a scary holiday, but not when it comes to driving. Drinking and getting behind the wheel and driving can turn the roads into a horror fest.

“While our local community is spending time trick or treating and hosting parties with loved ones, Orleans County law enforcement agencies, and the NY State Police will be taking to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives,” said Sheriff Randy Bower, who is also the county’s Stop DWI coordinator.

The STOP- DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Initiative runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, and is 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.

Although completely preventable, alcohol-impaired driving increases around the holidays, and can prove deadly. In 2015, 311 deaths occurred on New York State highways due to alcohol-impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

The sheriff urges people to “Have a sober plan.” People who will be drinking should plan a safe way to get home. They can call for a ride from a sober friend, family member, taxi, public transportation, or Uber.

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