DWI arrests up on St. Patrick's Day weekend
ALBANY A countywide crackdown on driving while intoxicated over St. Patrick’s Day weekend resulted in 32 DWI arrests, Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple Sr. announced.
He said the number of drunken drivers was disappointingly high, especially after last year’s low of 20 DWI arrests over the same weekend.
“The high arrest and crash results are very disturbing to those of us involved with the STOP-DWI program. This crackdown was an announced initiative and received a lot of attention in the media,” Apple said in a news release. “We warned everyone and have invested a lot in educating our public on the alternative options that are available.”
In advertisements, the program urges drivers to “have a plan” — find a designated driver before drinking, or set aside the cash to call a taxi.
In the weekend’s crackdown, police found 51 designated drivers and investigated five crashes in which alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor.
In one case, a man allegedly drove impaired by drugs with two young children in his car. He was charged with felonies under Leandra’s Law.
Police said the highest blood-alcohol level for a drunken driver was 0.26 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit.
In 2012, the St. Patrick’s Day crackdown led to 20 DWI arrests. There were 31 DWI arrests in the 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day crackdown.