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Police Crack Down On Drunk Holiday Driving

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By Faith Jessie.
It's holiday time which means more drivers are starting up their engines and hitting the roads. Some of those drivers will have a drink before they do it.

70 year old Charles Woodruff is an example of this. He was taken into custody yesterday after attempting to drive through a police checkpoint on route12 in Chenango. When he was stopped he showed signs of impairment.

According to the New York State criminal Justice Department, nearly 42,000 people were arrested for DWI's in 2014. Of those numbers, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles listed, almost 8,000 alcohol related crashes in 2014 with nearly 300 deaths from those crashes.

This leaves some drivers who are on the roads during the holidays concerned.

"It's more than about you having a relaxing time, I mean it would make me pretty emotional to even think that my family would be in danger on the road," said Holiday shopper, Kristen Israel.

"If you're gonna start drinking stay where you're at, there are a lot of people out on the road, especially during the holidays and just be safe," said Montrose resident Amanda Rathpone.

Drivers who might have a drink this holiday season, should think twice before getting in the car and driving.

"If they do have to drive, please designate someone else to drive...if they think they are going to be drinking. Take time, if you are at the dinner table, to know what your limits are, so that you can arrive at your destination safely and arrive home safely," said AAA Public Relations Director Brian Martin.

Some advice that could save a life.

"Think about others before you do something that could really hurt the rest of the community, said Israel"

"If I'm going out drinking, I make sure that I have a designated driver, or if I'm going out with friends that are drinking, I drive and I don't drink..so if I can do it, so can you, said Rathpone.

So, in summary, drive responsibly this holiday season.