Law enforcement cracking downon drunk drivers this weekend
PLATTSBURGH — During Memorial Day weekend, state and local law-enforcement agencies will be out in force, utilizing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to deter drunk driving.
Motorists are reminded that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will put them over the limit. Police will also be cracking down on drivers who are impaired by drugs, both illegal and prescription, a press release from Stop DWI New York said.
Leandra’s Law sets some of the toughest DWI provisions in the country. First-time offenders driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs with anyone younger than 16 years old in the vehicle may be charged with a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. And those convicted must install and maintain an ignition interlock on any vehicle they own or operate for at least six months.
In 2011, according to State Department of Motor Vehicles statistics, 8,461 alcohol-related crashes were reported, resulting in 362 people killed and 6,121 injured. Someone is killed every 51 minutes, on average, in a drunk-driving crash in the United States, the release said. The majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have nearly twice the legal BAC of .08 or higher.
“Remember designated drivers save lives; drunk drivers destroy lives,” Clinton County Sheriff’s Department STOP-DWI office said in a news release.
Plattsburgh Town Offices to close Monday
PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Offices, 151 Banker Road, will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.
Essex County supervisors call special meeting
ELIZABETHTOWN — A special meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors will be held on Tuesday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m. or after the Ways and Means meeting of that day.
The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Essex County Government Center, 7551 Court St., Elizabethtown.
The agenda includes a resolution requesting Home Rule legislation to extend the authorization granted to Essex County to impose an additional three-fourths of 1 percent of sales and compensating use taxes until Nov. 30, 2015.
The board meeting is open to all.