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Officials announce latest statewide stop-DWI effort

Commissioner David J. Swarts of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC); James F. May, Chairman of New York State STOP-DWI Association; Preston L. Felton, Acting Superintendent of the State Police; John P. Grebert, Executive Director of the Chiefs of Police Association; and Peter R. Kehoe, Executive Director of the New York State Sheriffs Association today announced the latest 2008 STOP-DWI enforcement effort that will take place statewide this weekend. The crackdown is aimed at making sure people are celebrating the St. Patrick's Day holiday wisely and safely.

A STOP-DWI enforcement effort to crack down on drunk driving during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period will take place from Friday, March 14 Tuesday, March 18. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be out in force to reduce the incidence of drunk driving and to ensure the safety of our roadways.

Too many people become needless victims because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers," Commissioner Swarts said. "STOP-DWI efforts are important because they lead to a reduction in the number of alcohol related fatalities and injuries, and I commend the law enforcement community for their unwavering efforts to ensure the safety of all motorists across New York State."

James F. May, Chairman of the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. said, "The New York State STOP-DWI Association is pleased to participate in the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign this St. Patrick's Day Weekend. These highly visible drunk driving enforcement efforts serve to remind everyone to drive sober. We hope the STOP-DWI Crackdowns that target the holiday weekends throughout the year help make our roadways safer."

Acting State Police Superintendent Preston L. Felton said, "Like many other celebrations, St. Patrick's Day festivities are tremendous celebrations of heritage which should be done with thoughtful planning that includes safe transportation. For those who drink, that means designating a sober driver, or taking taxis or other public transportation. To ensure the safety of our roads and highways sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI prowler patrols will be assigned to safeguard our roads and highways statewide."

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