County Police To Participate In Labor Day Crackdown

Drivers can expect a tougher crackdown on impaired driving this Labor Day weekend.

From Sept. 1-4, police agencies in Chautauqua County will participate in the New York State STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown, which aims to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths by targeting intoxicated drivers.

The crackdown is funded by a 2016-17 grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and is part of a national crackdown effort.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, municipal law enforcement agencies and New York State Police will participate locally.

“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.”

Over the July 4 weekend, the crackdown led to 45 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses in the county.

The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program is funded by drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers.


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