Statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort planned for Super Bowl

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express

Local police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving starting Feb. 5 and ending Feb. 8 during the National Football League’s championship.

“The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event,” says Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, “and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving related crashes.”

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%, says Spike. “Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem,” he adds.

State and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes.

“If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins,” advises Penn Yan Chief of Police Tom Dunham, “We want fans to remember that it’s a choice.”

“Rooting for your favorite team and enjoying the time with your family and friends is great, but remember,” warns Spike, “’Don’t Drive, Get A Ride!’,” quoting the familiar anti-drunk driving slogan.

Both Dunham and Spike add, “The STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aims to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving – let’s all stay safe.”

The Penn Yan Police Department and Yates County Sheriff's Department are among law enforcement agencies taking part in a drunk-driving crackdown during Super Bowl weekend.