DWI checkpoints during Memorial Day weekend

By Anna Norris

DWI checkpoints during Memorial Day weekend

May 22, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Law enforcement will conduct DWI checkpoints throughout Broome County during the holiday weekend.

Extra patrols will be out from May 22 through May 27 to help ensure that roadways are safe for Memorial Day weekend.

“We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy all the great summer activities in our area responsibly and to remember if you plan on drinking alcohol, have a plan to and from your destination. Use a designated driver, taxi, or walk. Whatever you do, just don’t drink and drive," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.

Broome County's STOP-DWI program would like to remind the public to have a plan and designate a driver before starting to drink.

The program offers the following tips to stay safe:

- Leave your car keys at home
- Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving; designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police- you could save a life
- If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, intervene and take the keys away if you have to

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