Chautauqua County sheriff to enforce STOP-DWI program

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace announced Thursday police agencies throughout the county will participate in a national enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The nationwide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort will start today and continue through Labor Day on Sept. 1. The last Chautauqua County crackdown took place during the July 4 weekend from July 3-7, resulting in five driving while intoxicated arrests and over 80 other arrests and summons.

As part of the New York State STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown, the sheriff’s office will be working with New York State Police, Ellicott Police Department, Fredonia Police Department, Jamestown Police Department and Lakewood-Busti Police Department to protect everyone from drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs during summer festivities.

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

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. STOP-DWI efforts across the state have led to significant reductions in the number of alcohol and drug related fatalities, but may lives are still lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.