As summer heats up in New York, so does enforcement of drunk driving laws across the state. As the Times Telegram reports, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and law enforcement statewide participated in the STOP-DWI program to crack down on impaired driving. There are 13 percent more deaths over the holiday weekend than on a regular weekend, so many law enforcement agencies were involved in the effort, including both local and state police agencies. The special focus on DWIs ran from May 26 to May 29, where more drivers were stopped at checkpoints than a typical weekend.
While the first weekend of intense patrols has passed, the program is just getting started for 2017. In addition to Memorial Day weekend, the STOP-DWI Foundation also focuses efforts over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend, Halloween and throughout the winter holiday season. The efforts are funded by the STOP-DWI Association, as well as the Foundation and a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
According to Tap into Greater Olean, a large number of tickets and arrests occurred as a result of these efforts. There were 237 arrests reported for DWI as a part of the program, which included sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols by law enforcement officers across the state. In addition to the DWI arrests, officers also investigated 146 crashes that resulted in injuries. The increased presence of law enforcement also focused on curbing excessive speeding and aggressive driving. There were also tickets reported for failure to use seat belts or child seats and for distracted driving offenses.