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Posted on: March 15, 2022

STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs March 16 to March 20

Rensselaer County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI ST. PATRICK’S DAY Holiday “High Visibility Engagement Campaign”to Keep Our Roads Safe

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and STOP-DWI Director Mike DiNardo announced today that Rensselaer County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 16 and will end on March 20. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is a notoriously deadly period for impaired driving due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road.  New York State Police, County Sheriff,  municipal law enforcement agencies and STOP-DWI Programs across the state will be participating in special engagement efforts to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths. 

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday has seen an increase in deaths and accidents due to drunk or impaired, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

“The period around St. Patrick’s Day is sadly one of the holidays with the highest number of accidents and fatalities connected to DWI. We want motorists and residents to be safe, and to avoid drunk or impaired driving during the holiday,” said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

“We want everyone to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day but to enjoy it responsibly and safely. Get a designated driver or a plan on how to get home safely if you have too much to drink,” added McLaughlin.

“Now, more than ever, there are a multitude of resources to ensure safe and convenient travel. Have a plan to ride safe and keep in mind the need to avoid the consequences of drunk or impaired driving,” added county STOP-DWI Director Mike DiNardo.

The STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day High Visibility Engagement Campaign is one of many statewide initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  The Statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign also targets Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day/End of Summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season and Super Bowl.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan!  Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp  Impaired driving is completely preventable.  All it takes is a little planning. 

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