Chemung County Sheriff William A. Schrom announced Wednesday that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the 4th of July holiday period.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 4, 2019, and will end on July 7, 2019.
The Sheriff’s Office expects heavy traveling to begin on Monday, July 1 and festivities to begin on Thursday, July 4th and run through Sunday, July 7.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, 601 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the Fourth of July festivities in 2017.
Thirty-nine percent (237) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. This is a twenty-three percent increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period.