Super Bowl Blitz

Chautauqua County police agencies are expected to clamp down on impaired driving this Super Bowl weekend.

The effort, part of the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown program, began Friday and will end Monday, all in the hopes of reducing injuries and deaths on a historically deadly period for impaired driving.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Joseph Gerace, Chautauqua County sheriff. “If you choose to drink, don’t drive.”

Chautauqua County STOP-DWI patrols will be working with the New York State Police, Dunkirk Police Department, Ellicott Police Department, Fredonia Police Department, Jamestown Police Department, Lakewood-Busti Police Department and Westfield Police Department.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the funding for this countywide crackdown is provided by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation through a grant from the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The last such crackdown occurred during the holiday season from Dec. 13 through Jan. 1, with positive results.

“Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them,” Gerace said.

All drinking and driving fines collected from convicted drunk drivers fund the Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program.