Local law enforcement will have increased DWI patrols through Labor Day

Staff Reports Posted 16 August 2018 at 9:21 am

Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower, who is also the county’s Stop DWI coordinator, announced the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office – along with Medina, Albion, and Holley Police Departments and the State Police – will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives.

This nationwide enforcement initiative runs from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3 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 Labor Day Weekend!

Bower encourages residents to have a plan for a safe way to get home. That could include calling for a ride from a sober friend, family member, taxi, public transportation, or Uber.

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