Erie County STOP-DWI office joins local, state, national effort to curb DWI during holidays; DWI arrests are declining locally and statewide
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined earlier this week by Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz and John Sullivan, director of the Erie County STOP-DWI office, alongside members of local and state law enforcement to reinforce a holiday safety message and announce the beginning of extra patrols as part of the state and national DWI enforcement campaign.
Grant funding secured by Erie County will allow 20 local law enforcement agencies to participate in an expanded DWI patrol campaign this holiday season in a concentrated effort to remove intoxicated and impaired drivers from the road. Running through Jan. 2, 2018, DWI patrols will be out in force across Erie County looking for impaired drivers and keeping motorists safe.
"We are pleased to report a decline in both DWI fatal crashes and in the number of DWI arrests, though arrests are still being made across Erie County. With new ride-sharing options, it has never been easier to avoid the danger and terrible consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs," Poloncarz said. "Our message today is that we want people to enjoy their holiday and to do it safely. We will continue to support the work of law enforcement to maintain this trend and to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel."
Jancewicz said, "We've seen a decline in the number of DWI arrests compared to 2016. This decline is good news and that strict enforcement and severe penalties are making motorists more aware of the dangers and consequences that drunken driving presents. We will continue to be responsive and consistent with enforcement, and be ready to prosecute those who choose to engage in this destructive behavior."
President of the Erie County Police Chief's Association Mark Pacholec of Orchard Park added, "Additional patrols will be out in every corner of Erie County. Our goal is to detect and apprehend drunken drivers before they hurt others or themselves. My hope is that this advance notice will encourage motorists to think ahead and plan for a safe and sober ride home after celebrating."
Drivers will notice increased enforcement Erie County and all across New York state. STOP-DWI Director Sullivan said, "Erie County is coordinating with other counties across New York to increase enforcement over the holidays and to promote this message in advance: 'Drive Sober or get Pulled Over'. With extra travelers on the road, and people attending holiday parties, we just want a safe ride home to be part of the planning."
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz (at podium) is joined by Commissioner of Central Police Services Jim Jancewicz, Commissioner of Probation Brian McLaughlin, Director of Erie County STOP-DWI John Sullivan, President of the Erie County Police Chief's Association Mark Pacholec, and representatives of local and state law enforcement to announce the beginning of extra anti-DWI road patrols through the holiday season. Local agencies are joining their state and national counterparts through Jan. 2, 2018, with added patrols and in a concentrated effort to remove intoxicated drivers and keep motorists safe.