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DWI crackdown set in Saratoga County

DWI crackdown set in Saratoga County

Saratoga County police agencies will have a five-day anti-drunken driving crackdown over the Memoria

Saratoga County police agencies will have a five-day anti-drunken driving crackdown over the Memorial Day weekend, county STOP-DWI Coordinator Robert Murphy said.

The STOP-DWI program will pay for stepped-up police patrols from Thursday night through the early morning hours of May 28.

Murphy said the length of the crackdown is being extended beyond the weekend nights with a one-time $22,000 grant the county received from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The grant pays for police overtime for the extra patrols.

“We have a five-day crackdown,” Murphy said Monday. “Our enforcement will be out there.”

Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season, and officials expect parties and cookouts to lead to an increase in drunken driving.

The same grant will allow the county to extend its DWI enforcement campaign during the July 4 and Labor Day holiday weekends, Murphy said.

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