SHERIFF’S OFFICE INCREASES DWI PATROLS OVER ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND
MARCH 15, 2012- Buffalo, N.Y.- As St. Patrick’s Day approaches this week, the Erie County Sheriff Office is keenly aware that some people may celebrate this weekend by imbibing—then getting behind the wheel.
Sheriff Tim Howard announces the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting extra heighten patrols throughout the county to get impaired drivers off local roadways.
“Drinking in excess of the legal limit and getting behind the wheel is terribly dangerous for the driver and others on the road.” said Sheriff Tim Howard. “It doesn’t take much to have a sober friend take the wheel. There’s a very real possibility that having a sober driver will save lives.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 106 crash fatalities nationwide during St. Patrick’s Day 2010. Of that number, 44 people were killed in traffic crashes involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 or higher.
The Sheriff Office and local authorities will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol as well as those who are impaired by drugs.
“Green is the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t want to spend the green in your wallet on a drunk driving charge,” said Chief Scott Joslyn of the Road Patrol.
Drivers should be aware that deputies with the Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting similar saturation patrols throughout April Alcohol Awareness month. “Drunk driving accidents are preventable and we always want to stress that to the public,” said Sheriff Howard.
To keep weekend festivities safe, Sheriff recommends the following tips for the community:
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
If you happen to see an impaired or suspicious driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.
If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
“It’s fine to enjoy the festive mood of St. Patrick’s Day,” said Sheriff Howard “What isn’t fine is drinking and driving.”