Albany, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Barbara J. Fiala on Thursday announced the start of the Labor Day STOP-DWI crackdown, which runs from August 19 through September 5.
“Drunk drivers contribute to the deaths of hundreds of people each year,” said Fiala. “As one of the sponsors of this evening’s traffic safety night, the GTSC wants to remind all fans that it is never a smart choice to get behind the wheel while impaired and that choosing to do so can have potentially deadly consequences.”
In 2009, there were more than 8,800 alcohol-related crashes in New York state in which more than 300 lives were lost. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crackdown known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” lasts eighteen days and will combine stepped-up enforcement with media saturation to highlight the embarrassing consequences and cost of being pulled over and potentially arrested.
Peter R. Kehoe, Executive Director of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association said, “Alcohol impaired driving is a serious offense that is still too prevalent across our country. As we are all enjoying ourselves this end-of-Summer Labor Day weekend our Deputy Sheriffs will be working hard, alongside local and state law enforcement officers throughout New York State, to combat the deadly epidemic of impaired driving and to end the needless carnage that too often results from it. Our message is clear, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”!
“You may not see them, but they will see you. Law enforcement here in New York and all around America are cracking down on anyone who breaks the law and drives drunk,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “If you’ve had too much to drink, don’t even think about getting behind the wheel - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The STOP-DWI program was enacted for the purpose of coordinating local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related crashes in a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program. The STOP-DWI program permits each of the state's counties to establish a STOP-DWI Program which qualifies for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses occurring within its jurisdiction.