Yates joins in DWI Labor Day crackdown effort

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike announced today that all police agencies in Yates County (Sheriff, Penn Yan Police, and State Police) are participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

"While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives," Spike said in a statement released last week.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts began Aug. 15 and will end on Sept. 1. State and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk or drugged driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. These efforts are primarily funded by DWI fine money as well as additional grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee that are provided to participating counties through the STOP-DWI Foundation.

“The STOP-DWI Labor Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives Yates Law Enforcement will focus on to prevent accidents and injuries,” said Spike, “While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.”