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DWI crackdown effort leads to 49 stops

Forty-nine vehicle stops, arrests and summonses were reported by Sheriff James B. Quattrone during the New York State STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Crackdown.

The crackdown began March 16 and continued through Sunday, March 21. This event was funded by a 2020-2021 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 state-wide crackdown during the St. Patrick’s Day, resulting in a total of 49 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” Quattrone said. “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.”

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