St. Lawrence County law enforcement agencies warn residents of DWI crackdown over Independence Day weekend
St. Lawrence County residents should expect heavy law enforcement presence over Independence Day weekend.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start June 30 and will end on July 5. Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, according to the St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI program.Many St. Lawrence County law enforcement agencies will participate in the crackdown on impaired driving, including state police, sheriff’s deputies and municipal law enforcement agencies.
“There will be no warnings,” Michele James of St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI said in a pre-written statement. “Our message is simple—Don’t drink or drug and drive. Have a plan to get home safely. Don’t Drive, Get a Ride. Violators will lose their licenses; pay increased insurance rates, fines, surcharges and DMV fees; and may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The financial costs of that DWI conviction can start at $4,500. Driving impaired is not worth it.”
The July Fourth Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation.
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.