Submitted by the Niagara County Sherriff’s Office
Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti is pleased to share the results from the July 4 DWI enforcement campaign.
Over the July 4 weekend, law enforcement agencies from all over Niagara County participated in a coordinated effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Beginning Saturday, July 1, and ending Wednesday, July 5, The Niagara County Sheriff's Office, as well as law enforcement agencies across Niagara County – including Lewiston Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Middleport Police Department, Niagara Falls Police Department, New York State Police and North Tonawanda Police Department – concentrated their efforts on DWI enforcement. Their activity resulted in 57 traffic stops, leading to three DWI arrests, three DWAI (drugs) arrests, three other traffic arrests, and 67 vehicle and traffic violations.
While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the number of alcohol- and drug-related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI high-visibility engagement campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.