Chautauqua County police crack down on impaired driving

OBSERVER Staff Report

Chautauqua County police agencies have participated in the New York State STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown.

The crackdown began Friday, Nov. 22, and continued through Monday, Nov. 25. This event is funded by a 2017-2018 grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and is part of a national crackdown effort.

In Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua County Sheriff, municipal law enforcement agencies and New York State Police vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired. They work together to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths, with special emphasis on driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.

The agencies participated in the last statewide crackdowns during Labor Day weekend. This effort resulted in two arrests for driving while intoxicated and 171 other vehicle stops, arrests and summonses.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them.”

The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program is funded by drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers.