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Law enforcement increases DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and STOP-DWI Administrator Lt. Kerry Thompson announced the details of Albany County's St. Patrick's Day DWI & Drugged Driving awareness campaign.

They call for better warnings on prescription containers to warn the user that operating a motor vehicle under the influence of certain medications could result with the operator facing criminal charges for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, or even worse if someone is injured or killed in a crash.

The sheriff said, "Some medications can impair your ability to drive just as much as alcohol. The mission of the Albany County STOP-DWI Program is to remove the impaired driver from our roadways, whether they are impaired by alcohol, illegal substances or prescription medications, they are still driving impaired and that is something that we have to do a better of job deterring."

Albany County will officially kick off the campaign on Thursday March 14th.

New York State Police Troopers also plan to increase patrols and establish checkpoints along the New York State Thruway during St. Patrick's Day weekend beginning Friday, March 15, and continuing through Sunday, March 17, the Thruway Authority announced Wednesday.

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