Fulton County to participate in Stop DWI

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County authorities say they will participate in a statewide STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day crackdown enforcement effort, which starts Friday.

The local effort will continue through Sunday, according to a news released issued by Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown.

Brown and STOP-DWI Coordinator Amanda Nellis announced this week that Fulton County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown efforts will end on Sunday.

“St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is a notoriously deadly period for impaired driving due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road,” the release said. “New York state police, county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force across the board to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.”

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, the release indicated.

“While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers,” the release said. “Between 2011 and 2015, 252 people have lost their lives during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. This St. Patrick’s Day take the steps necessary to find a safe ride home.”

The STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association, with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and implemented by the STOP-DWI Foundation.

In addition, the foundation has created a new mobile app — “Have A Plan” — that is available as a free download for smart phones to help find safe rides home no matter where you may be celebrating.

Interested persons can go to stopdwi.org/mobileapp; or visit their local app store.

By Patricia Older

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