CANTON - With more people expected to be traveling St. Lawrence County roadways this Super Bowl Weekend, a multi-agency law enforcement effort will be out in full force conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols for impaired driving, St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Coordinator Michele James said.
As part of the New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns, St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI will be working with New York State Police, Gouverneur Police Department, Potsdam Police Department and SUNY Potsdam Police Department in their efforts to protect everyone from impaired drivers either by alcohol and/or drugs during this busy time of year.
This campaign will run Feb. 1-4 to coincide with the Super Bowl. This funding for this crackdown was provided by the New York State STOP- DWI Foundation through a grant from the Governors Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this time period, law enforcement will vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired with special emphasis on impaired driving either by alcohol or drugs.
There will be no warnings, said Ms. James. Our message is simple. Dont drink or drug and drive. Violators can lose their licenses; pay increased insurance rates; may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle; and pay fines, surcharges and DMV fees. Refuse a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test and you can lose your license for a minimum of six months or possibly one year.
Impaired driving is one of Americas most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. According to St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI statistics in 2012, more than 500 persons were arrested in St. Lawrence County for driving under the influence.
St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI reminds everyone if you find it hard to figure out if youve had too many drinks to drive, dont risk it. Impairment begins with the first drink and impaired driving is against the law. Nine out of 10 Americans who participate in social events where alcohol is served feel that people should use a designated driver. STOP-DWI suggests that party hosts include alcohol-free beverages and protein-rich foods, along with reminding guests to plan ahead. Use a sober designated driver.
All drinking driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers fund the St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program.