From Feb. 1-4, police will reinforce efforts to prevent impaired driving with a higher presence and sobriety checks.
“The goal is to get education out to the public that there will additional patrols out there looking for intoxicated and impaired drivers,” Sheriff Jim Allard of Steuben County, said. “Also, to get the patrols out there to make the difference, so that perhaps, we can save a life through the weekend.”
Steuben County raised the stakes in the last year.
Sheriff Allard said police more than doubled the number of DWI’s last year compared to the previous year.
This also went for Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) drug arrests, which increased more than 200 percent.
Under Steuben County’s Social Host Law, those who host private parties are responsible for underage drinkers.
For those in retail, where alcohol is served, police said to look out for those who are noticeably impaired.
“A person is visibly intoxicated and then leaves, you’re also probably gonna have some civil liability associated with that,” Sheriff Allard said.
Regardless liability and criminal penalties, when it comes to keeping the roads safe, police say we’re all in this together.
Have a plan. Don’t drive. Get a ride.