STOP DWI enforcement crackdowns this weekend

The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program announced Friday that Chautauqua County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl weekend.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effect started Friday and will continue through Sunday. Super Bowl weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will take part in this effort to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths. The last crackdown took place during the holiday season from Dec. 13 through Jan. 1.

As part of the New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns, Chautauqua County STOP-DWI patrols will be working with New York State Police, Dunkirk Police Department, Ellicott Police Department, Fredonia Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Westfield Police Department to protect everyone during Super Bowl weekend from drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

The funding for these crackdowns is provided by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this time period, law enforcement agencies vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired, with special emphasis on impaired driving either by alcohol or drugs.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.”