Thanksgiving weekend to be focus of St. Lawrence County Stop-DWI crackdown
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 5:31 pm

St. Lawrence County police agencies will participate in a special statewide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving, according to St. Lawrence County Stop-DWI.

The crackdown effort will start Nov. 27 and end Dec. 1.

Law enforcement will “vigorously enforce” laws related to driving while impaired, with special emphasis on impaired driving either by alcohol or drugs, according to a press release.

State Park Police and the Potsdam Police Department, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, will participate in the effort to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related traffic injuries and deaths.

Funding for the effort was provided by the state Stop-DWI Foundation from a grant by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

To avoid driving while impaired:

• Designate a sober driver for your group before the drinking begins.

• If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a friend to come get you, stay where you are for the night, or call a cab. Use your phone’s apps to find safe rides home. Make plans in advance, not as you are leaving.

• Never accept a ride with an impaired driver and don’t let your friends drive drunk.

• Wear your seat belt; it is your best defense in a crash. Be alert for impaired drivers at night and on weekends.

The drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drivers fund the St. Lawrence County Stop-DWI Program.