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Police make sure motorists are 'Safe and Sober'

PLATTSBURGH As a part of the statewide Safe and Sober Campaign, local law enforcement partnered with Clinton County STOP-DWI in the coordination of a sobriety checkpoint on Broad Street Aug. 31.

Within four hours, 456 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, resulting in one driver being arrested for driving while intoxicated. Nine traffic tickets were issued and 42 designated drivers were identified.

As part of the checkpoint, law enforcement distributed thank-you packets to all persons identified as designated drivers. The packets were a way to show appreciation to those who made a decision to stay sober and save lives by being a designated driver.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the checkpoint included Plattsburgh State University Police, New York State Police, Clinton County Sheriffs Department and City of Plattsburgh Police.

Nationally, drinking and driving kills one person approximately every half hour. Enforcement such as the Aug. 31 multi-agency checkpoint is credited for lessening the likelihood of being injured on Clinton County roadways from reckless and impaired drivers.

During the month of August, Safe and Sober Campaign efforts, coupled with regular patrols, resulted in 37 DWI arrests and four driving while ability impaired arrests, overall. During that time, 788 speeding tickets were also issued, as well as 90 cell phone violations and 72 citations for driving without a license

Law enforcement agencies remind the public to designate a driver before enjoying a night on the town and that the state's legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.08 percent.

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