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'Stop-DWI Crackdown' Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve

Thanksgiving Eve is upon us. It's the night before Thanksgiving and it's become one of the biggest party nights of the year. Some say it's the perfect time for celebration; family and friends are in town, college students are home for the holidays, and most people have no work the following day. But for law enforcement, it's become one of the most dangerous times of the year.
Thanksgiving Eve is upon us. It's the night before Thanksgiving and it's become one of the biggest party nights of the year. Some say it's the perfect time for celebration; family and friends are in town, college students are home for the holidays, and most people have no work the following day. But for law enforcement, it's become one of the most dangerous times of the year.

Starting tomorrow night and running through New Year's Day, NYS Police say it's the worst time of the year for drunk-driving accidents. That's Police are enforcing a Stop-DWI crackdown.

Dozens of customers walk in and out of Marcy Beverage. The owner says it's one of the busiest times of the year.

"It's the holiday time, famlilies get together, they come to town, people just accelerate on buying beverages, beers, and soda," says Ron Martel, co-owner Marcy Discount Beverage.

For George and Jean Hubbard, they say drinking is part of their family celebration. But they say they always have a plan in place.

"Our family comes to our house and they always have a designated driver," says Jean Hubbard, New York Mills resident.

"We do more talking then drinking most of the time, just social drinking is all," says George Hubbard, New York Mills resident.

Jean says if you do get behind the wheel, make sure you always know your surroundings.

"You have to watch out for the other driver today. you've got to be aware," says Jean.

Varick Street in Utica doesn't look to busy right now but tomorrow night on Thanksgiving Eve, these streets will be filled with dozens of people. State Police want to remind folks that while tomorrow does kick off the holiday season, it also kicks off state-wide Stop-DWI efforts.

"We'll be looking for aggressive driving, impaired driving, and we also have checkpoints in conjunction with other agencies scheduled and there's a number of those," says Lt. Kristina Sisbower, NYS Police Zone 1.

Oneida County's Stop-DWI program will be partnering with 5 local police departments, state police, and the Oneida County Sheriffs Department. You can also expect a large police presence around bars throughout the area.

"They are out there. They're going to be out there. And if you're not acting responsible, you should pay," says Jean.

"Safety is the bottom-line and if something happens to one's family, there is no more holiday season again," says Lt. Sisbower.

The Stop-DWI crackdown will run from tomorrow night, Thanksgiving Eve thru New Year's Day.
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