While people in Binghamton are preparing for Saint Patrick's Day weekend, so, too, are the State Police. Our Elyse Mickalonis has more on what Troopers are doing to curb drinking and driving on one of the biggest days for alcohol consumption.
BROOME COUNTY -- “Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday a lot of people associate with drinking. If you’re going to go out and drink, be responsible,” said Jason Hoff, New York State Police Troop C Sergeant. “There are other people out there besides you.”
Don't risk it, that's what the New York State Police have to say about drinking and driving this Saint Patrick's Day weekend.
“If you get convicted of a DWI it’s a misdemeanor, it’s a finger-printable offense,” said Hopf.
While folks in Binghamton hit the streets this weekend to have a good time, state and city police will be working to keep everyone safe.
“Were going to be out there this weekend enforcing with fixed DWI checkpoints and more patrols out there,” said Hopf. “We hope by doing stories like this people will understand the consequences of drinking and driving.”
State Police said if you've been out drinking, the best thing to do is call someone else for a ride.
“A lot of times we make a simple stop, but it turns out to be a DWI, don’t drink and drive. Get a taxi cab or get a designated driver ahead of time,” said Hopf.
New York State Troopers say even if you're not out celebrating this weekend, it's important to pay attention to others on the road and if you see someone driving recklessly, to call 911.
“We’ll try to get a trooper or deputy out there depending on where it is to intercept them,” said Hopf.
So everyone can get home safe after a weekend of fun.