NYSP get new tool to fight drinking and driving

Posted at 12:47 PM, Dec 30, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-25 12:47:10-05

As thousands across western New York get ready to celebrate New Year's, law enforcement prepares to ramp up patrols and crack down on drunk drivers.

Tuesday morning, Erie County unveiled a new tool - a sobriety checkpoint trailer for local New York State Police.

Erie County paid $4,100 for the trailer using revenue from DWI fines. It will be used to help transport large equipment and to display during educational events.

New York State Police say notifying parents that a child has died in a DWI crash never gets easier.

"With the services that are available today, it really is a sad commentary that we had to come back year after year talking about what we need to do to prevent drunk drivers," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Other anti-drunk driving campaigns include the Red Ribbon Campaign, increased patrols and more checkpoints as the New Year approaches.