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It’s getting close to the time of the year to enjoy time with family and friends around the holidays. New York’s STOP DWI Campaign just completed a Halloween crackdown and resulted in DWI arrests throughout the state.

Ahead of the weekend, Governor Cuomo warned motorists: “This weekend, we are ramping up our enforcement efforts to prevent needless tragedies and keep people safe” said Governor Cuomo, “It’s simple: if you’re planning to drink, use public transportation or a designated driver. I urge New Yorkers to make the right choice this weekend so that everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween.”

We can expect the same message coming up for their next STOP DWI Campaign for Thanksgiving, and then Christmas and New Years. For Thanksgiving, the STOP DWI program has announced their dates for this year’s increased patrols and checkpoints; November 25 – 29, 2015. This includes what many people coin as the biggest night to go out; the night after Thanksgiving.

From the program website they explain why the state works on this program: “Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends.” The theory behind this initiative is that by better coordinating and promoting county efforts we can achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities in New York State. Research findings demonstrate that highly visible, publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of DWI.

For this next Thanksgiving Crackdown, STOP-DWI Coordinators work with their municipal, county sheriff and state police agencies to coordinate enforcement activities all over their territories.

Remember to stay safe this coming holiday season and responsibly enjoy the time with family and friends.

The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem.