DWI Crackdown for Fourth of July Weekend

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Carmel Police Department team up

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and the Town of Carmel Police Department report that their departments will be jointly conducting sobriety checkpoints along area roadways during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. The announcement of the planned checkpoints is aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

Historically, an increase in outdoor activities in the summer months usually gives rise to increased incidents of impaired driving and drinking-related crashes, resulting in injuries and deaths on New York roadways. In an effort to deter DWI offenses this summer, the New York State Police, county sheriffs and local law-enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force this weekend.

Smith said that sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Carmel Police Department will coordinate to set up sobriety checkpoints at several different locations and screen motorists for signs of impairment. “We are letting people know this in advance as a reminder that they should drink responsibly or make appropriate plans now to have a designated driver or use a taxi,” said the sheriff.

The STOP-DWI Independence Day Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association and funded by local STOP-DWI programs, the STOP-DWI Foundation and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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