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March 15, 2014

Troopers conducting DWI patrols

Tonawanda News — State Troopers will conduct enhanced DWI enforcement this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day, a press release from State Police Troop A Commander Major Michael Cerretto states.

Troopers are setting up sobriety checkpoints, as well as additional DWI and underage drinking patrols. The effort began Friday and will run through Monday.

Police will also be ticketing distracted drivers using handheld electronic devices.

“Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Western New York is a tradition, and while we want people to enjoy the celebration, we ask them to plan ahead if they are going to be drinking,” Cerretto said. “By planning ahead they can do their part to make the roadways of Western New York safer and help reduce the numbers of injuries and fatalities.”

Last year, troopers made 204 DWI arrests and issued a total of 9,763 tickets. More than 269 people were killed by drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day between 2007 and 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Police are asking that residents plan a safe way to get home at the end of the night, designate a sober driver, call a taxi and call law enforcement if you see a driver that may be drunk.

“If you know people who are about to drive or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely,” the release states. “If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, intervene and take the keys away if you have to.” 

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