DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. – Police in Dutchess will be participating in a statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown from Aug. 19 – Sept. 5, according to officials.
The initiative, which will include local departments as well as state police and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, will place officers out on the streets “in force” to arrest and charge those who break the state’s drunken driving laws, according to a statement from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
“With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of our summer season, we acknowledge and applaud the efforts of law enforcement to keep our roads safe for all,” Molinaro said. “The STOP-DWI crackdown campaign enhances our efforts to eliminate preventable injuries and deaths.”
According to Molinaro, “high-visibility enforcement” like sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related driving deaths by up to 20 percent.
The statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown campaign is one of many STOP-DWI events that occurs annually. The next initiatives are to occurred near Halloween and during the holiday season, according to officials.
Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson said the multi-agency clampdown effort should reduce the number of drunken or impaired drivers on the roads.
“We hope to reverse current trends by raising public awareness and making drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired,” he said.