Impaired driving crackdown in St. Lawrence County set for Thanksgiving weekend
St. Lawrence County police agencies will participate in a special Thanksgiving weekend enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving Nov. 22-26.
St. Lawrence County’s police agencies will undertake their yearly Thanksgiving impaired driving crackdown, according to the St. Lawrence County Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) program.On Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately, Thanksgiving has become one of the deadliest times of the year on America’s roads because “Thanksgiving Eve,” the Wednesday before the holiday, has become one of the year’s biggest drinking days.
“While we spend Thanksgiving with friends and family giving praise and thanks for our good fortune and blessings, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 22nd and will end on November 26,” said Michele James, St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program.
While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the number of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by impaired drivers.
People wrongly think they can calculate their own BAC based on the number of drinks they’ve had or the length of time between drinks. There’s no easy formula that applies to everyone equally. Many variable factors (e.g., body weight, alcohol content, and amount of food eaten before drinking) contribute to a person’s BAC,” James said.