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Albany County's new take on drunk driving

State Trooper Ian DeGiovine was one of four injured in this 2006 crash involving a drunk driver. DeGiovine told his story during a Nov. 1 news conference to announce results of the latest DWI enforcement effort in Albany County.

State Trooper Ian DeGiovine was one of four injured in this 2006 crash involving a drunk driver. DeGiovine told his story during a Nov. 1 news conference to announce results of the latest DWI enforcement effort in Albany County.

Garhartt has volunteered with the county’s STOP-DWI program since 1994.

“We go to victim panels and we just wish that nobody shows up. Unfortunately, the numbers are just getting higher and higher,” said Garhartt. “It’s one of those crimes that can truly be eradicated if people would just make the right choice.”

Foley said that future saturation patrols conducted throughout the county will now be named in honor of past victims of DWI crashes.

“It will put a personal touch to it, give it purpose and meaning,” said Foley.

While the latest enforcement period coincided with Halloween, and around a weekend filled with parties and celebrations of the holiday, law enforcement officials throughout Albany County are showing no signs of scaling back their efforts throughout the year.

“We’ve taken a much more vigorous approach, a much tougher approach with people who are engaged in this irresponsible act, because we do not want to continue having these conversations with victims, and the families of victims,” said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

The fight to keep drunk drivers off the road is one that remains personal for DeGiovine, who doctors thought would never be able to wear the State Police uniform again as an active trooper.

“When you take the risk of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, you’re not only taking your own life in your hands, but you’re taking people who are out there working hard, who have families, who want to come home every day after their shift safely, in your hands,” said DeGiovine.

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