Orange County Participates in Statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Effort - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County Participates in Statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Effort

Aug 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article

Orange County Participates in Statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Effort
Strives to Reduce Drunk Driving

This weekend starts national “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER,” a STOP-DWI campaign effort which continues through Labor Day. Police agencies throughout the country will be providing additional patrols to look for intoxicated and drug impaired drivers.

County Executive Edward A. Diana and Orange County Stop-DWI Coordinator Craig W. Cherry warn drivers that police will be cracking down on impaired drivers in Orange County. The Orange County Stop-DWI program is providing funding to police agencies throughout the County to provide for police sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols.

County Executive Diana advises, “As the end of the summer season approaches and we enjoy summer activities and the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel weekend, it is senseless to put your life, your family’s life and the lives of others at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Cherry said that highly visible, highly publicized efforts, such as this enforcement “Crackdown” campaign, aim to reduce the numbers of highway injuries and deaths.

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips warns that the District Attorney’s Office aggressively prosecutes drunk or impaired drivers. “First offenders face substantial fines, license suspension, and up to one year in jail,” said the DA.

County Executive Diana and Deputy Commissioner Cherry urge anyone who may be traveling or hosting a party to use some common sense planning.

Sheriff Carl E. DuBois added, “The decision to drink and drive has the potential to end or irrevocably change the life of every user of the roadways. Law enforcement has zero tolerance for those who make such decisions.”

Simple safety steps to avoid tragedy and arrest:

Plan ahead and always designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins.
Take the keys. Do not let a friend drive if they are impaired.
Be a helpful host. If you’re hosting a party, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

The STOP-DWI Program is funded by the fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses occurring within the county and provides equipment and patrol funding to local police agencies. All 62 counties in New York State have a STOP-DWI Program.

For more information, please contact Orange County’s STOP-DWI Office at (845) 615-0575 or visit www.orangecountystopdwi.com.

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