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DWI crackdown this weekend

Rochester, N.Y. -- Memorial Day weekend in America is often an unofficial kickoff for summer.

In Monroe County, that also means a crackdown on DWI as well, County Executive Maggie Brooks announced Thursday.

New York State Police, Monroe County sheriff's deputies and local police departments will all be involved in the initiative to reduce the number of injuries and deaths by DWI.

Extra checkpoints will be set up through the holiday weekend in an effort to prevent crashes or other incidents on the road. The states STOP-DWI campaign runs through Monday.

"While the STOP DWI program has led to significant reductions in the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, there are still too many lives being lost because of crashes caused by drunk drivers," Brooks said in a statement. "Through aggressive targeting and strict enforcement, Monroe County will keep roads safe and free from impaired drivers this Memorial Day weekend so we can all celebrate safely."

Memorial Day weekend is one of several holidays and celebrations targeted by the STOP-DWI program. The others are Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day weekend, Halloween and the holiday season in December.

Funding for the program is provided by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 
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