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DWI enforcement effort planned over St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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CANTON - St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI has announced that St. Lawrence County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Friday and will end on Tuesday.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across the board effort to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths.

As part of the New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns, St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI will be working with Potsdam Police Department, SUNY Potsdam University Police, Norfolk Police Department, and NYS Park Police in their efforts to protect everyone from impaired drivers either by alcohol and/or drugs during this busy time of year.

The funding for this crackdown was provided by the New York State STOP- DWI Foundation through a grant from the Governor’s 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.

A recent study conducted by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (www.itsmr.org) in Albany found that the involvement of drugs is a serious issue in fatal crashes, with one out of six fatalities (16 percent) being drug-related. The number of drivers ticketed for drug-impaired driving rose 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the number of drivers ticketed for alcohol-impaired driving dropped 15 present.

“There will be no warnings,” STOPDWI Coordinator Michele James said. “Our message is simple—Don’t drink or drug and drive. Violators can lose their licenses; pay increased insurance rates; may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle; pay fines and surcharges as well as DMV fees.”

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