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October 3, 2013

Program rewards 55 designated drivers

PLATTSBURGH — This year’s annual Labor Day crackdown on driving while intoxicated rewarded 55 designated drivers with coffee coupons donated by Stewart’s Shops.

On Aug. 24, a high-visibility blanket patrol stopped 16 vehicles, found three motorists driving under the influence and identified one designated driver, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

On Aug. 30, 89 vehicles passed through a checkpoint, with 32 designated drivers identified and no DWI arrests.

On Aug. 31, 43 vehicles were stopped, with 22 designated drivers identified and one DWI arrest.

One bar and six businesses were issued violations for selling alcohol to minors. In all, two bars and 28 businesses were checked by law enforcement.

Nine underage people were ticketed for possessing alcohol, and one citation was issued for an individual selling alcohol without a license.

The crackdown ran Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.

Law-enforcement agencies involved were the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, State Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police, State Park Police, Plattsburgh City Police, Plattsburgh University Police and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

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