NY State STOP-DWI Efforts Increase St. Patrick’s Weekend

New York State law enforcement is actively participating in the STOP-DWI campaign to raise public awareness about the risks of drunk and impaired driving. The STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign (HVEC) is currently in progress, focusing especially on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend when such incidents tend to increase due to various celebrations.

Counties throughout the state are participating in this campaign, which began on March 15 and ends on March 17. The main aim is to decrease the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo stresses the importance of acting wisely. The festive mood surrounding St. Patrick’s Day often leads to excessive drinking but planning how to get home sober is an essential part of ensuring the holiday is remembered for the right reasons.

The STOP-DWI HVEC Campaign is not a one-time event but a continuous initiative undertaken multiple times a year by New York State law enforcement and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. It is conducted during other holidays as well such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Super Bowl weekend.

Those planning to indulge in festivities over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend are reminded to formulate a sober itinerary. A mobile app “Have a Plan” is available to help find safe travel options to get home.

Amidst these warnings, the excitement around St. Patrick’s Day continues. Local residents are celebrating this Irish tradition with their favorite Irish food, corned beef. Based on Yelp reviews, the article highlights the top five places in the Capital Region to enjoy this Irish delicacy.

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