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May 25, 2016 - 12:07pm

Genesee County to participate in statewide STOP-DWI Memorial Day Crackdown this Friday through Tuesday

posted by Billie Owens in STOP-DWI, news, law enforcement, Le Roy, batavia, genesee county.

Press release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers has announced that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Friday, May 27th and will end on Tuesday, May 31st.

Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. In addition there will be thousands of parties and barbeques to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better weather has arrived. This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired with 13 percent more fatalities than on a non-holiday weekend.

The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

“Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. Traffic will increase making it more important than ever to drive defensively. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols out to help keep the roads safe for all travelers” said Undersheriff William Sheron. “The City of Batavia Police Department will be out aggressively enforcing DWI laws over the Memorial Day Week in an effort to ensure that all have a safe and happy holiday week. Make sure to have a plan to get home safely and ensure that all in your party do the same.”

The Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the STOP-DWI Foundation with a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

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. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

George Richardson
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Before you try to stop DWI consider how the lawyers, judges, juries, police officers and city budgets will be affected financially. Wouldn't a better course of action be to phase out DWI's incrementally at say 5-8% a year as to soften the economic impact to the community? I only ask as a concerned, potentially future recipient of a DWI and for no other politically motivated reason. Boost Batavia and vote tRump whenever they do that voting thing.

Rick Hensel
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New York State talks out of both sides of its mouth, as usual. NYS doesn't want anyone to stop driving while intoxicated OR to stop smoking. It's their CASH COW. Cuomo and the rest of the his merry band of crooks has already spent all that fine and tax money ten times over. If everyone stopped driving while intoxicated and stopped smoking, NYS would be bankrupt in a heartbeat plus the Sheriff's Dept. would loose all their precious grant money. Hypocrites.

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