Updated 10/18/2012 05:48 PM
Broome County receives grant to combat DWI
The holiday season is right around the corner and often, many people are tempted to drink and drive during that time. But Broome County officials are working hard to stop people from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Our Melissa Kakareka has the details.
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Broome County averages about 750 DWI arrests per year. That number could rise even higher as local law enforcement agencies get a little extra support to combat drunk and drugged driving.
County officials announced Thursday that they've received a federal grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. More than $23,000 will be divided among the State Police, the Broome County Sheriff's Office and other municipal police departments.
"With this grant, we are able to go above and behind what our already enhanced enforcement capabilities are, with additional funding that applies to every law enforcement agency in Broome County," said Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion.
The money will cover nearly 500 man hours for increased DWI patrols and checkpoints. It applies to seven time periods throughout the end of this year and next year, with the first beginning over the upcoming Halloween season.
"We'll be out in full force very shortly in the next few days, working on check points and see what else we can do to clear up any additional problems with it," said Broome County Sheriff David Harder.
An effort which will help keep everyone in the community safe and alive.
"My cousin was killed by a drunk driver and when I was in college, my mother was seriously injured by a drunk driver. I know all too well firsthand the dangers of drinking and driving," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.
"Even the people that we stop at the checkpoints who are out driving drunk, we are there to protect them as well as the people that are on the road beside them," said Harder.
Ensuring that everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.