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Impaired driving crackdown nets several stops, arrests

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

A multi-agency Memorial Day crackdown on drunken and impaired driving resulted in 117 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses.

The campaign — which began Friday, May 28, and continued through Tuesday, June 1 — is funded by a 2020-21 grant from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. It is part of a national High Visibility Engagement Campaign effort.

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

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

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

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