Police Cracking Down On Drunk Driving This Weekend

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Nearly 35 million people will hit the road on Fourth of July weekend. That's what AAA says. And those motorists won't be alone.

"Obviously, as traffic increases for the holiday weekend, so will enforcement efforts," state Trooper Gregory Majo said.

Police are looking for all kinds of traffic offenses. On last year's Fourth of July weekend, state police issued over 10,000 traffic tickets. But what they're really looking for this year are impaired drivers.

Thanks to a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more officers from more agencies in Jefferson County will be working overtime.

DWI statistics in Jefferson County show some promise. Arrests were down 30 percent between 2012 and 2013.

"We can't really figure out exactly what happened," said Rick Berrisford, the county's Stop-DWI coordinator.

"Maybe the message is finally getting out there," he said. "We hope that's the case."

Nobody wants to sit in the back of a patrol car and if you ask those tasked with stopping DWI, there's only one way to avoid it.

"If you're going to drink, that's fine," Berrisford said. "Just don't drive. Make a plan."

"People are going to and fro to various vacation spots and we're aware and we're being extra diligent with the DWI enforcement this weekend," Majo said

So if you're tempted, just use that as a little deterrent to keep everybody safe this weekend.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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