STOP-DWI Program Adds Checkpoints

By Callan Gray

STOP-DWI Program Adds Checkpoints

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 7:34 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The STOP-DWI program is underway to keep drunk drivers off the streets this holiday season.

The Broome County campaign puts more police patrols out at night and increases the number of DWI checkpoints.

Police are targeting areas of high traffic, busy intersections and urban areas.

There were eight DWI's and 79 vehicle and traffic tickets over the weekend.

"The more officers we have out conducting checkpoints or saturation patrols, the more arrests are made and the more effort we can put into informing the public it's not safe to drink and drive and you're putting your life in danger and the life of others," said Chris Marion, STOP-DWI Coordinator.

The program is paid for by drunk driving fines and a federal grant.

The STOP-DWI Holiday Classic Basketball tournament will be December 28-30 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Eight local teams and six national teams will compete.