Increased law enforcement efforts against DWI throughout county during holidays

Public Service Announcement from Rockland County STOP – DWI

Rockland County STOP – DWI is warning all Rocklanders to think before they drink and drive this holiday season. The night before Thanksgiving, the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, is known as being one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, said STOP-DWI Coordinator Leslie Chernin.

Local police departments, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police will all increase their efforts to enforce Rockland’s zero tolerance policy. Sobriety checkpoints will be set up at various locations throughout the County. In addition, the Rockland County Mobile Enforcement Unit, or “Command Van,” which enables police officers to process DWI arrests in the field without transporting perpetrators to police facilities, will be out around the County during the holiday weekend.

“We urge people to make other driving arrangements if they plan to drink, saving everyone from a potentially life-altering outcome,” said Chernin. “It’s not worth putting your life or the lives of othersat risk.”

Chernin is also reminding all Rockland County bar owners to be cautious and closely examine patrons’ personal identification to ensure that anyone served in their establishment is 21 years of age or older. Bar owners caught serving alcohol to minors are subject to fines and possible suspension or even cancellation of their state-issued liquor licenses. Residents are encouraged to call their local police department to report underage drinking and alert authorities to businesses that sell or serve alcohol to minors.

For more information, please contact the Rockland County STOP– DWI Office at 845-638-5095