Don't drink and drive! That sounds logical doesn't it? The problem is that, once one has gone under the influence of drink or drug, logic isn't always a ready tool available and that is when mistakes are made.

Starting Thursday December 17th and continuing through January 1st you will notice more New York Police Officers patrolling the highways and byways as part of New York's STOP-DWI campaign. This is a joint effort between the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the STOP-DWI program. The mission is to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.

As we continue to socially distance ourselves during this pandemic the expectation is that fewer people will be hitting the road while more will be staying home for the holidays. Nonetheless there will be sobriety checkpoints throughout the Capital Region. If you plan on driving, plan on having a designated driver or stay put.

One simple way to make that plan is to download the Have A Plan mobile app. Call a taxi service! Educate yourself on DWI laws and penalties! Report a suspected impaired driver! All with the download of this app.

New York’s STOP-DWI program is the Nations’ first and, to date, only self-sustaining impaired driving program. Other States have implemented components of self-sufficiency, but none to the degree of New York State. STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated”.

We hope that you make safe choices this holiday season and throughout the year. As people pass each other in stores, on the roads or in the hallways we may not always see eye to eye but all of us want you safe. Happy Holidays!


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