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Broome Cracking Down on Labor Day Drunk Driving

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

Labor Day weekend is approaching, you may be thinking "time to relax and cut loose," but check your mirrors...the Broome County Stop DWI Program is cracking down on drunk driving. 

New York State Police and local agencies will be setting up checkpoints and patrols in place for the long holiday weekend. Law enforcement agencies across Broome County will be stepping up their policing through September 4 to crack down on drunk driving.

"We'll be adding extra patrols, working with different local departments, to enforce this initiative," said Sgt. Glenn Rigerman, NY State Police.

For the past five years, Broome Stop DWI officials have been scheduling certain periods throughout each year to focus heavily on preventing drunk driving accidents or deaths. According to Stop DWI coordinator, Chris Marion, due to the increase in DWI crackdowns around holidays, Broome County has seen a dramatic decrease in impaired driving every year.

"We really want the public to get out and enjoy what the community has to offer but to get home safely. If we're successful, we won't have a single arrest, crash or fatality," said Chris Marion.

Stop DWI officials advise residents to make a plan to stay alive:

  • Planning on drinking? Consider having a sober ride to the destination, prevent yourself from driving later
  • Download the free STOP-DWI Have a Plan mobile app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp
  • Slow your drink intake and take breaks. Pace yourself, count your drinks and eat plenty of food
  • If you're hosting a gathering, offer non-alcoholic beverages and ask guests to designate a sober driver
  • If someone appears impaired and is about to drive...take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements
  • Call a taxi or transportation service