PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County and other police agencies will crack down on impaired driving during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The impaired-driving crackdown runs from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25, Clinton County STOP DWI said in a news release.

Millions will hit the roads to spend time with family and friends, during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

That means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York will take to the roads.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, the release said.

Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

State Police, sheriff’s departments and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown campaign will also target the national holiday season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, many lives are still lost in crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers, the release said.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

Help make a difference by having a sober plan, the release said.

Download the mobile app “Have a Plan” at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp and always be able to find a safe ride home.

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