Stop DWI campaign under way

S tate police will participate in a national enforcement and public awareness campaign aimed at curbing drunken driving.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on Aug. 17 and continues through Sept. 3, covering the Labor Day holiday, a notorious weekend for impaired driving offenses.

Thousands of police agencies across the country will be cracking down on drinking and driving.

Maj. William S. Sprague, commander of State Police Troop G, said last Friday that local troopers will be participating in the campaign. Police will be conducting a variety of enhanced enforcement activities, including checkpoints and blanket patrols.

In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, 354 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in New York state and over 10,000 nationally. Of those killed in New York, 163 were not the drinking driver.

“Those were 163 death notifications that didn’t need to be made,” said Sprague.

In 2010, 57,000 people were arrested in New York for impaired driving offenses.

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