Authorities warn motorists not to mix drinking and driving

This year, state police investigators from Troop B - which covers Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and a portion of Hamilton County - have investigated 21 fatal crashes that have resulted in the loss of 23 lives. Of those 21 accidents, six were found to be the result of a driver impaired by alcohol.

"Every year in this country, somewhere between 13,000 and 17,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes," said Mulverhill. "The thing about alcohol-related crashes is they're 100 percent preventable. It's really all about decision-making; making good choices as opposed to making bad choices. If you're going to drink, don't drive."

Several communities also offer free rides for those who've had too much to drink, which is a service those under the influence should take advantage of, he said.

In the city of Plattsburgh, the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti LLP is working with local taxi services, local taverns and restaurants to offer free cab rides home to those who may have had too much to drink by calling 1-800-LAW-1010.

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