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August 27th, 2014

This Week in Orange County 8-27-14

GOSHEN - County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, District Attorney David Hoovler, and Orange County STOP-DWI Coordinator Craig W. Cherry today announced that police will be cracking down on impaired drivers in Orange County until Labor Day. The Orange County Stop-DWI program funds police agencies across the county to provide for sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols to keep our roadways safe.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key role in raising awareness about the problem. These efforts are primarily funded by DWI fine money as well as additional grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) that are provided to participating counties through the STOP-DWI Foundation. The Orange County Sheriff, along with municipal and State Police, will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.

“Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to put others at risk with irresponsible, and potentially deadly, behavior,” said County Executive Neuhaus. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.”

“Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer and back to school, with numerous holiday gatherings, along with added traffic. Don’t put yourself, your family, or anyone else in danger by drinking and driving. Be an example of responsibility,” said Sheriff Carl DuBois.

“Impaired driving puts every motorist at risk,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and that danger only increases during holidays. At times like those, more people irresponsibly decide that having a few drinks and then getting behind the wheel of a car is a good idea. Plus, during holiday seasons, more innocent people take to the roadways as they celebrate our country and what it stands for. I applaud the efforts of our men and women in uniform as they redouble their efforts to keep us all safe from impaired drivers.”

Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services and Orange County STOP-DWI Coordinator Craig Cherry also urged drivers to visit The GTSC and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation have released a “Have A Plan” mobile app. The app operates on iPhone, Android and Windows platforms, with features such as an ability to preload a list of designated drivers, find a taxi cab via GPS, an alcohol-impairment estimator, various motor skills tests to assess impairment level and a “Report DWI” button that connects users to their local 911 service. The app also offers a list of DWI facts and myths.

“Many thanks to our Stop-DWI administrator and current NYS Stop-DWI Coordinator Association Chairperson Chris Hale in working with the Foundation in the release of this app,” said Cherry.
The STOP-DWI Crackdown is comprised of several enforcement periods promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation, The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and the National Highway Traffic Safety .

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