A heads up if you plan on partying for the holidays the next couple weeks as police crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.
Plans to gather with family and friends for festivities mark the official swing into the holiday season. But what about plans after those festivities, the plans to get home safe?
Over the past five years, an average of about 300 people lost their lives to drunk driving crashes between Christmas and new year.
That toll can be decreased if people think twice before getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.
“Just make sure that you are planning ahead, there’s so many options out there to get home safe, so there’s really no excuse in this day and age to not be able to get home safe,” Lt. Kenzie Spaulding of the Corning Police Department, said.
Police will be out conducting stationary checkpoints and roving patrols, where extra enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office and State Police will assist in keeping the roads as safe as possible.
They say their goal is to ensure the public’s safety by increasing their visibility and patrol so they can educate, and sometimes enforce those on the roads to drive responsibly.