by Andrew Henderson
Oswego County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to stop drunk driving.
According to Oswego County STOP-DWI Program Coordinator Robert Lighthall, the statewide STOP-DWI detail begins today and ends July 8.
Fourth of July Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, said Lighthall.
New York State Police, county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.
The Fourth of July STOP-DWI is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association.
Throughout the remainder of the year, the campaign will also target Labor Day weekend, Halloween and the Christmas season in December.
“The residents and visitors of Oswego County should be able to enjoy Independence weekend,” Lighthall said. “Oswego County law enforcement agencies will do their part to ensure our roadways are safe, by vigilantly and aggressively removing drunk drivers from our highways.”
While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers, said Lighthall.
Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving, he noted.