2013-08-15 / Front Page

Campaign against drunk driving kicks off August 16

Officials hold press conference announcing initiative to save lives

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and the New York State Police recently announced that an enhanced DWI enforcement campaign will be kicking off this Friday, August 16th.  The announcement was held at the State Police Troop L Headquarters in Farmingdale.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is part of an annual nationwide drunk driving crackdown between mid-August and Labor Day. Troopers throughout Long Island and New York State will be conducting higher-visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, and increased patrols.

 “Drunk driving ruins lives, which is why the State Police will be even more aggressive in removing drunk drivers from the roads through the end of the summer. New York State has some of the nation’s toughest drunk driving laws.  Don’t find that out the hard way. Be safe, be smart, and don’t drink and drive,” said Senator Fuschillo.

Major Joseph Tripodo, New York State Police Troop L Commander, said “It is through campaigns like "Drive Sober

or Get Pulled Over" and through enforcement that we will get the message out that driving drunk will not be tolerated on our roadways."

Drunk drivers potentially face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, required use of an ignition interlock, and steep financial consequences such as court imposed fines, higher insurance rates, and attorney fees.

Representatives from the anti-DWI advocacy organizations Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and DEDICATEDD joined Senator Fuschillo and the State Police in supporting the increased enforcement measures.

 “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Long Island endorses this type of law enforcement effort to deter would-be drunk drivers and reduce drunk driving injuries and fatalities,” said Danielle Rella of MADD. “Sobriety checkpoints deliver a very direct message that if you choose to drive drunk, you will be held accountable. The idea is to publicize checkpoints ahead of time, through events like the press conference taking place on August 14, 2013, in order to deter people from driving drunk and encourage them to plan ahead for anon-drinking designated driver.”

 “Far too often the most severe consequence of drunk driving is the death of innocents. Drunk driving deaths are entirely preventable,” said Marge Lee, President and Co-Founder of DEDICATEDD.

There were over 48,000 arrests for DWI in New York State in 2012, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

In photo,  Senator Fuschillo discusses the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Enhanced DWI Enforcement Campaign. He is joined by (left to right) Trooper Frank Bandiero, Town of Babylon Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Margaret Rebholz and Anneliese Bosco of MADD, Major Joseph Tripodo, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Marge Lee of DEDICATEDD, and Danielle Rella of MADD.

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