Law enforcement increases patrol for New Year’s Eve

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While New Year’s may be a great and fun time to spend with friends or family, it should still be celebrated responsibly. For the last few days of 2018, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, along with many other area law enforcement agencies will be increasing their patrols to crack down on driving under the influence.

Undersheriff Bill Schrom said “The law enforcement community would like to just remind everybody to be extra careful, use good judgment, take advantage of other means of getting to and from the locations you’re going to. We often encourage other people who don’t partake in alcohol that may be out on the roads to be careful that other people could be out there and they could impact their own safety.”

Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can have severe consequences. If it’s your first offense, it’s considered a misdemeanor offense and is punishable by up to a year in jail and or a $1,000 fine.

If it’s an aggravated DWI, which means you have a .18 or higher blood alcohol level, there will be a more significant penalty associated with that. If you have 2 DWI’s within 10 years, its a felony charge. 

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