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March 15, 2013

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St. Patrick’s DWI crackdown starts today

PLATTSBURGH — Police caution drivers against driving drunk or impaired this St. Patrick’s Day weekend — and in general.

A statewide holiday crackdown starts today and will continue through Monday, according to a release from STOP-DWI New York.

State and local law-enforcement agencies will be out in full force, employing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

Not only will drunk drivers be targeted, but also drivers impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription.

New Yorkers are reminded of the penalties associated with a DWI conviction. A convicted driver must install and maintain an ignition interlock device  for a minimum of six months on any vehicle owned or operated by the driver.

First-time convicted drunk or drug-impaired offenders with a child younger than 16 years old in the vehicle may be charged with a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The maximum legal blood-alcohol content for drivers in New York is 0.08 percent.

Town of Franklin opposes gun-control law

FRANKLIN — Town leaders here rebutted the new state gun-control law.

In meeting this week, Franklin Town Supervisor Art Willman and four councilors voted unanimously to oppose portions of the SAFE Act and the way it was approved by state lawmakers in January.

The resolution calls law “opinionated and without merit,” claiming the measure was “passed in such haste without opportunity for the public or even members of the legislature voting on it to truly understand its implications.”

In its two-page resolution, Franklin Town Council charges that the law “identifies and bans a group of weapons based solely on cosmetic properties, but which actually are semi-automatic and function on the same 100-year-old technology as any other modern sporting rifle.”

Town officials here believe the new law threatens public safety and “actually places law enforcement at a disadvantage, making our streets less safe,” according to the resolution.

And, they said, new gun laws “arbitrarily choose the number of rounds permitted to be loaded in a magazine without any recognition that such magazines are often not even manufactured for the relevant weapons and would only serve to further limit a person’s right and ability to defend Life and Liberty.”

— By Staff Writer Kim Dedam

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