Local law enforcement will increase DWI patrols during Thanksgiving

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 November 2021 at 9:08 am

Local law enforcement agencies will have increased patrols for drunk driving from Nov. 22 through Nov. 28, Sheriff Chris Bourke said.

“As Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, it is vital that law enforcement presence be at its peak on this night to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, reminding drivers to have a Sober Plan while traveling to prevent injuries and save lives,” said Bourke, who is also the county’s STOP-DWI Coordinator.

Although STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol related fatalities, there are still too many lives lost due to DWI crashes, Bourke said.

He urges people to plan a safe way to get home, which could include calling for a ride from a sober friend or family member, taxi or Uber.