The Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program recently announced that Chautauqua County police agencies will once again be participating in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
The STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown Program bans together the New York State Police, county Sheriff's offices and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state to work to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths.
As part of the program, the Chautauqua County STOP-DWI patrols will be working with the police departments of Dunkirk, Ellicott, Fredonia, Jamestown, Lakewood-Busti and Westfield to protect everyone during this busy time of year from drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
The funding for these crackdowns is provided by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation through a grant from the governor's Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During these time periods, law enforcement agencies vigorously enforce laws related to driving while impaired.
"Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace said. "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."