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Dutchess Police Agencies Join Statewide July 4th DWI Detail

Dutchess County will be participating in an anti-DWI crackdown.
Dutchess County will be participating in an anti-DWI crackdown. Photo Credit: File

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Motorists intending to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with some libations in Dutchess County should think twice before getting behind the wheel of the car as police plan a holiday crackdown on impaired driving.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced on Tuesday that police agencies in the county would be participating in a statewide special enforcement detail beginning on June 30 that is intended to limit impaired drivers through July 5.

Molinaro said that the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will “be out in force in this coordinated effort to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.”

“Between parades, barbecues and other celebrations, Dutchess County is a great place in which to celebrate our nation’s independence,” he added. “If you choose to celebrate, please do so responsibly and don’t drive if you are impaired. Local law enforcement agencies will again partner to keep our roadways safe for all motorists. The decisions you make on the roads can save lives. Please choose not to drink and drive.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Board, in 2015, during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, 146 people were killed in America in crashes involving motorists with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent. Of those crashes, 92 people died in crashes where the motorists had a blood alcohol content exceeding .15 percent, nearly double the legal limit.

“Additional funding from the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation will allow enhanced dedicated patrols and coordinated sobriety checkpoints countywide throughout the crackdown period,” Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William Johnson stated. “Please think twice before you get behind the wheel impaired. If you choose to drive impaired in Dutchess County, you will be identified, apprehended and prosecuted.”

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