BATH —The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the New York State Police are planning a statewide impaired driving crackdown for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is also participating with increased patrols.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Friday and will end on March 18.

St. Patrick's Day Weekend is a notoriously deadly period for impaired driving due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across the board effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

The STOP-DWI St. Patrick's Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. This partnership has allowed local programs to significantly increase their enforcement and public awareness efforts. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have made great strides in reducing the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. You can do your part to become part of the solution by downloading the free mobile app “Have a Plan” at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp