Local Law Enforcement Launch Impaired Driving Crackdown This Weekend

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MAYVILLE – With many coming together to celebrate Independence Day across Chautauqua County, local law enforcement are stepping up patrols to target drunk and impaired drivers.

Sheriff Jim Quattrone issued a warning Friday to those who plan to drink alcohol and then drive a motor vehicle. He says driving drunk, or even buzzed, is extremely dangerous for all on the roadway.

The 4th of July holiday period is consistently one of the deadliest times of year on the nation’s roads.

From 2016 to 2020, there were 901 people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the 4th of July holiday period.

“Everyone deserves to have a safe, enjoyable Fourth of July,” said Sheriff James Quattrone “We’re partnering with NHTSA to share the reminder that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. It is never okay to drink and drive — even after just a few drinks. There are so many options for a sober ride these days. So, plan ahead — if you’ll be drinking this Fourth of July, or any other day, arrange for a sober ride.”

This weekend, the Sheriff is touting three simple tips:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • See a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office at 716-753-2131 or dial 911.


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