Cayuga County will be able to provide additional DWI patrols during holiday crackdowns thanks to a more than $10,000 grant from the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation, the county announced Friday.
The STOP-DWI Foundation awarded at $12,300 Crackdown Enforcement award to the county, which will be used to fund overtime patrols in a multi-agency partnership between the Cayuga County STOP-DWI Program, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, and the Auburn, Moravia, Port Byron and Weedsport Police Departments.
The participating departments will conduct overtime patrols during crackdowns around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Super Bowl, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor day.
"We want to make sure Cayuga County residents are able to enjoy safe holidays with their families and friends, said Lloyd Hoskins, Cayuga County STOP-DWI coordinator in a release. "We appreciate the awarded funds that will help staff sobriety checkpoints and other high-visibility activities in the county."
Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said the funds would be crucial in allowing for proactive enforcement, and said he hoped no one would be arrested because they heeded warnings instead.
"This community has suffered tremendously from past incidents of alcohol-related tragedies, so please remember, enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, but if you drink, do not drive, and get a ride!" Butler said.