MAYVILLE – The holiday season is upon us and that means there will be plenty of events and activities taking place throughout the region to celebrate the season with friends and family.
But for people planning to indulge in alcoholic beverages during their celebrations, local police are reminding them not to get behind the wheel.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says local police agencies will once again participate in the New York State STOP-DWI Holiday Enforcement Crackdown, which begins Friday, Dec. 16 and continues through Monday, Jan. 2.
In Chautauqua County, 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.
The state crackdown program is funded by a 2016-2017 grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and is part of a national crackdown effort.
Chautauqua County’s local STOP-DWI Program is also funded by drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers.