Local law enforcement will increase DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted 14 March 2022 at 7:53 am

Press Release, Sheriff Chris Bourke

ALBION – In an effort to keep our roadways safer during St. Patrick’s festivities, Orleans County Sheriff Chris Bourke announced that local law enforcement agencies will actively participate in the STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day High Visibility Enforcement Campaign from March 16-20.

As the anticipation of attending gatherings to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, local law enforcement will be out to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving and 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, Bourke said.

With a Sober Plan, people are encouraged to plan a safe way to get home. That could be calling for a ride from a sober friend/ family, taxi or Uber.