PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Town of Kent Police Department are cautioning residents to lay off the eggnog this holiday season if they’re planning to get behind the wheel and drive.
Beginning on Friday, Dec. 16 and extending through Monday, Jan. 2, the two agencies will be coordinating increased emphasis patrols that will be on the lookout for drunk or impaired drivers that may be inebriated after celebrating with family or friends.
According to the police, in December alone last year, there were 840 traffic deaths related to drunk or impaired driving in New York. In an effort to curb that number and deter DWI offenses this year, Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Kent Police Chief Alex Divernieri are teaming as part of their latest effort as part of the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.
In a release announcing the emphasis patrols, Capt. William McNamara stated that research shows that “high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities caused by drunken driving by as much as 20 percent.”
“While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug-related fatalities, too many lives are still being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible and highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.”
“Christmas and New Year’s Eve are occasions for the spreading of holiday cheer, but all too often, those celebrations can result in some people overindulging in alcohol and then getting behind the wheel,” Divernieri added. “We want to urge folks who will be celebrating the holidays to make arrangements for getting home safely from parties, such as using taxis or designated drivers.”
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