Police St. Patrick’s Day DWI crackdown in St. Lawrence County underway
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 1:34 pm

The St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program is warning county residents that it will crack down on impaired drivers March 15-18 due to a spike in driving fatalities around St. Patrick’s Day.

All state, sheriff’s offices and local municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in an effort to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths.

“There will be no warnings,” said Michele James, St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program. “Our message is simple -- don’t drive impaired. Violators can lose their licenses; pay increased insurance rates; may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle; legal bills; pay fines and surcharges as well as DMV fees. When the average DWI costs the offender over $4,000-$8,000, wouldn’t you rather have a sober friend pick you up?”

All drinking driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers fund the St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program.

The funding for this crackdown was 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.