MAVYILLE – Friday is St. Patricks Day and there’s a lot of fun and entertainment scheduled for the whole weekend across Chautauqua County, but those who plan to celebrate are being reminded to do so responsibly.
Chautauqua County police agencies will participate in the upcoming New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown, a state-wide effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The crackdown will take place March 17 through March 19.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, municipal law enforcement agencies, and New York State Police will vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired. They will work together to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths, with special emphasis on driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.”
These events are funded by a 2016-2017 grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and is part of a national crackdown effort. Future crackdowns will take place around such holidays as Memorial Day and Fourth of July.
The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program is funded by drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers.