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Police out in force this holiday looking for drunk drivers

Posted at 11:41 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 23:41:22-05

One of the biggest drinking nights of the year, coupled with some slick roads and could be some real problems. That’s why the New York State Police and the Cheektowaga Police are looking to prevent those problems.

They’ve set up one DWI checkpoint for the early morning of Thanksgiving.

Police say about 2,600 people are arrested every year in Erie County for DWI and that last year 15 people were killed in DWI related crashes in the county alone. Police say enjoy yourself this holiday weekend, but do it safely.

“Tonight is one of the biggest drinking nights and we would like to have everyone arrive home safely,” said Lt. Steven Berecz of the Cheektowaga Police Department.

Police are offering simple tips, like have a designated driver or call a cab.