Sheriff’s Office To Take Part In STOP-DWI Crackdown

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced it is taking part in a state-sponsored STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown through the Fourth of July holiday.

The crackdown, funded in part through a grant by the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, began Friday and is similar to one held countywide over the Memorial Day weekend. That effort resulted in 70 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses in total.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the region are expected to be on heightened alert during the Fourth of July weekend for impaired driving.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.”

Gerace said the local STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown is also funded through fines collected from drinking and driving convictions.