WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. – Washington County is stepping up police presence throughout the local region on Halloween as part of the ongoing "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers.
"Local police will be out in force throughout this Halloween, on the lookout for motorists who have had too much alcohol to be behind the wheel of a vehicle," said Undersheriff John Winchell. "Police will have zero tolerance for alcohol scofflaws who drink and drive this Halloween, putting themselves and everyone else on Washington County roads at risk of life and limb."
The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underscore the continuing toll drunk driving imposes on the nation. Impaired-driving crashes killed 9,878 people in 2011, accounting for 31 percent of the total traffic fatalities in the United States. That's an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 53 minutes, according to NHTSA.
"Those who try to drink and drive this Halloween should be forewarned. We will be out in force looking for impaired drivers, and we will catch and arrest you. No warnings. No excuses. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested," said Undersheriff John Winchell.