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Police will crack down on impaired drivers over St. Patrick's Day weekend

Mar 15, 2019

Police agencies across Monroe County are stepping up their efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. With the parade on Saturday, and the holiday falling on Sunday, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is encouraging folks to have a safe transportation plan and consider alternatives to driving.

“I have a simple message for everyone this week – if you drink, please don’t drive.” Dinolfo stated in a statement. “If you choose to put our community at risk, Sherrif [Todd] Baxter, [Rochester Police] Chief [Mark] Simmons and their officers will arrest you, and District Attorney [Sandra] Doorley and her office will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

Last year, there were nearly 2,500 DWI arrests in Monroe County last year, according to Dinolfo. To avoid becoming part of that statistic for this year, the county is encouraging you to download the STOP DWI Have a Plan mobile app, which helps you get a ride, and report an impaired driver to police.