STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown planned for St. Lawrence County March 16-18
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 3:17 pm

CANTON -- St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Agencies will participate in a special STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown on impaired driving efforts from March 16 to 18.

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, said a press release from the St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI Program.

Funding for the crackdown was provided by the state STOP-DWI Foundation through a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the press release said.

During this time period, law enforcement will vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired with special emphasis on impaired driving either by alcohol or drugs.

Driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while impaired is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and can last a lifetime, said the press release. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Every life that is lost due to impaired driving was due to making poor choices. The most tragic thing about these fatalities is that they are 100-percent preventable, said the program.

“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.