In addition to providing free glasses to consumers to help raise awareness, the STOP-DWI program worked in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies to conduct police patrols around the county.
"We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick's Day weekend, and we want people to drive safely," said Susan E. Savage, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, in a statement released on Thursday, March 13. "In an attempt to eliminate DWI offenses, we are telling the public now that local law enforcement officials as well as the Schenectady County Sheriff and the New York State Police will be out in force this weekend conducting STOP-DWI patrols and checkpoints. Our goal is zero DWI offenses in Schenectady County this weekend and throughout the year."
The city of Schenectady reported five DWI arrests over the holiday weekend; State police made three DWI arrests; Niskayuna reported three DWI arrests; Scotia reported one arrest; Glenville and Rotterdam reported zero DWI arrests.
Rotterdam Police Lt. Jason Murphy said awareness is key to curtailing drinking and driving.
"It seems like the word is getting out there," he said.
Schenectady County businesses interested in information about the TIPS training may contact Denise Cashmere, Schenectady County STOP-DWI coordinator at 386-2225.