MAYVILLE – The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are nearly here, and while many of us will be out enjoying time with friends and family, local law enforcement is reminding everyone to do so responsibly.
Chautauqua County police agencies are participating in the New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown, a state-wide effort to crack down on impaired driving. The crackdown began December 18 and continues through January 3.
According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement agencies are vigorously enforcing laws related to driving while impaired, with special emphasis on driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
The most recent crackdown, during the Thanksgiving weekend, resulted in more than 50 vehicle stops, arrests, and summonses.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said in a recent media release that removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of his office’s top priorities, adding that of you choose to drink, don’t drive. He said that drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.
Funding for the crackdown is provided by the New York State STOP- DWI Foundation through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.