Police looking for drunk, impaired drivers this weekend
May 21, 2020 12:30 pm
The Poughkeepsie Journal is reporting law enforcement in the region and statewide over the Memorial Day weekend will engage in a STOP-DWI crackdown on drunk, impaired and reckless driving. The crackdown runs from Fri., May 22 though Tue., May 26, and will include both state and local police. Over the 2019 Memorial Day Weekend, 225 people were arrested on drinking and driving charges, with nearly 14,000 tickets issued. There were also 134 crashes that resulted in personal injury, including four deaths. The campaign will involve increased patrols, with state police using marked and unmarked vehicles, and sobriety checkpoints. The state police have reported issuing more speeding tickets issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bars and restaurants remain closed to sit-down service and, locally, residents are still being encouraged to stay home and observe social-distancing protocols whenever possible. Community gatherings characteristic of the Memorial Day weekend, such as cookouts involving more than 10 people, have also been banned. Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.