Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois and Stop-DWI Coordinator Craig W. Cherry announced details about the County’s Stop-DWI Thanksgiving enforcement on Tues., Nov. 21. Neuhaus, DuBois and Cherry were joined at the event at the County’s Emergency Services Center by Emergency Services Commissioner Brendan Casey, Assistant District Attorney Chris Borek and Dana Distributors president Fred Dana. Representatives from the Orange County Police Chiefs Association and New York State Police also attended the briefing.
“We want to make it clear that Orange County will not tolerate drunk driving,” Neuhaus said. “We want our residents to enjoy Thanksgiving, to share all the joy that comes with this holiday, but to arrive to their destinations safely. There is no excuse for drunk driving, period.”
Thanksgiving Eve, sometimes referred to as ‘Black Wednesday,’ is unofficially considered the busiest bar night of the year. Law enforcement across Orange County will patrol roads and highways in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives during this year’s Thanksgiving enforcement.
“While the holidays are a time of fun and happiness, inappropriate behavior behind the wheel of a car can have tragic consequences,” DuBois said. “Too many innocent lives have been taken by drunk drivers and the men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be extra vigilant this season to ensure everyone travels safely this holiday season.”
Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness. The STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown is promoted by the New York State STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and implemented by the STOP-DWI Foundation.
DuBois noted that Dana Distributors offers free cab rides to residents in Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan counties during the Thanksgiving Holiday as part of the Alert Cab program. The Alert Cab service is paid for by Dana Distributors and provided by several cab companies in Orange County. For more information about the Alert Cab program, contact Tom Kennedy at Dana Distributors at 615-3236.
“Orange County has zero tolerance for drunk driving,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “If you are caught, you will be taken into custody and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.”