Fourth of July DWI Crackdown

By Erika Mahoney

Fourth of July DWI Crackdown

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean the festivities are expected to slow down this weekend.

In an effort to make sure the community stays safe, the Broome County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on drunk driving.

Deputies are working with their law enforcement partners throughout Broome County, setting up aggressive patrols.

"In any time frame surrounding a major holiday, we see an increase in traffic, generally speaking, around the holiday season," said Broome County Capt. Fred Akshar. "People are out enjoying themselves. Law enforcement, as a whole, encourages the community to enjoy what the community has to offer. But our message is very clear, and it's to have a plan."

Akshar said people who plan on imbibing should have a designated driver, or a plan to get home safely and legally.

Penalties for drunk driving could include jail time, expensive fines and a revoked driver's license.

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