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Saratoga County DA: Enforcement of suspected drunk driving will be increased through Sunday


SARATOGA COUNTY — County, state and local authorities are combining efforts to ramp up enforcement of motorists suspected of driving while under the influence through Sunday, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said.

The enforcement effort, Heggen said in a statement, reinforces the critical message that driving while intoxicated in Saratoga County is a dangerous, criminal act and will not be tolerated.

The goal is to prevent traffic-related crashes and deaths caused by impaired drivers, Heggen said.

Shawn Lescault, bureau chief of vehicular crimes, said, “do not add to the countless tragedies of this year by putting your life and anyone else’s life at risk by getting behind the wheel impaired. If you plan to go out on New Year’s Eve, have a plan to get home safely. Plan to take a free cab ride, or order an Uber or a Lyft. Plan to have someone stay completely sober to drive. Plan to keep yourself and others alive.”

“Our Law Enforcement partners don’t take New Year’s Eve off,” Heggen said. “They will be out, keeping our roads safe, enforcing the vehicle and traffic laws, looking for impaired drivers. Impaired driving is not an accident, it’s a choice, and there is no excuse for this choice. You cannot drive safely while you are impaired. When celebrating this weekend, we encourage all Saratoga County residents to celebrate responsibly. Working together, we can help keep everyone safe on our roadways.”

Unfortunately for revelers who were planning to imbibe on New Year’s Eve, the law offices of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP suspended its free cab ride home program, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The firm has provided the service on New Year’s Eve for more than a decade, in an effort to reduce the incidents of drinking and driving in the communities they serve, such as Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Amsterdam, and Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.


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