Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III began beefing up patrols Monday night as part of the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday campaign.
Falco said he dispatched additional units "for the sole purpose of enforcing driving while intoxicated laws," joining local law enforcement agencies and State Police.
The campaign will continue until the New Year is rung in, he said.
“Our goal is to keep everyone safe," Falco said. "I encourage people to use a designated driver and to drive safely during this holiday season.”
Funding for the initiative comes from the Rockland County STOP DWI Program, the sheriff said.
Nationally, more than 10,000 people die each year in drunk-driving crashes. The associated "societal cost" is estimated to be $37 billion annually.
Law enforcement agencies participating in this season’s crackdown advise:
⦁ If you’re intoxicated and hoofing it, the safest way to get home is to take a cab, Uber or mass transit or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep -- don't walk;
⦁ Spend the night where the activity or party is held;
⦁ If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life --inaction could cost one;
⦁ Always buckle up -- every ride. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver;
⦁ If you are intoxicated and walking, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive or escort you to your doorstep;
⦁ Be responsible: If someone you know is drinking, DON'T let that person get behind the wheel.