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STOP-DWI Program to Coordinate Fourth of July Weekend DWI Crackdown

Checkpoints and patrols run July 1-5, 2016

(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program today announced that law enforcement agencies across Broome County will deploy special DWI enforcement patrols to help ensure that our roadways will be safe during the Fourth of July weekend.

 

The Fourth of July weekend is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. According to data from NHTSA, in 2014, over the Fourth of July, 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. Those preventable deaths make up 41 percent of the 397 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July period.

 

“This Fourth of July weekend, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Broome County roads safer for everyone,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “Remember to have a plan to get home safely that doesn’t include drinking and driving.”

 

Don’t just make 4th of July party plans—make a plan to stay alive.

  • If you plan on drinking make arrangements now for how you’ll get home by downloading the free STOP-DWI Have A Plan mobile app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
  • Consider a sober ride to your destination so you won’t have the option later to drive impaired
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol to fast. Pace yourself. Count your drinks. Eat plenty of food, takes breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going
  • If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic drinks and ask your quests to designate a sober driver in advance

 

STOP-DWI crackdowns are organized by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation. These efforts are supported with funding from both the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

For more information about Broome County STOP-DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com or follow the program on Facebook.com/broomestopdwi or Twitter @broomestopdwi

06/28/2016 - 10:27am