STOP-DWI campaign begins this week

Law enforcement officers will be cracking down on DWIs this holiday season.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Statistics show the holiday season is the worst time of year for DWIs.

New York State Police said between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year's Day last year, they made 92 DWI arrests in Central New York.

This year, troopers say they're already up to 38 arrests, and the STOP-DWI Campaign doesn't even start until later this week.

Adrian Nugent, manager of Coleman's Irish Pub said he's definitely noticed STOP-DWI efforts but it doesn't hurt his business. In fact, he welcomes it.

"No one wants to see anyone have an accident especially when its self-inflicted so most people are responsible," says Nugent.

When you're leaving the bar, state police say it's important to have a plan. They're reminding folks that while holidays are in full swing, so is the start of STOP-DWI efforts.

"People should expect to see a number of road-checks, and we'll be stepping up enforcement efforts by having DWI patrols out there," says State Police Lt. Mark Klosowski.

The crackdown begins Friday December 13 and runs through January 1st. Lieutenant Klosowski says you can also expect to see a large police presence around bars throughout the area.

"With people drinking alcohol and having a good time during holidays, our accident rate goes up and we don't want anyone to live through a tragedy during the holidays," says Lt. Klosowski.

The Holiday DWI Crackdown is one of eight STOP-DWI campaigns held by the State Police each year.

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