ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, city police agencies and New York State Police will be participating in a special end-of-summer statewide operation to combat impaired driving until Sept. 5th. 

“If an adult over 21 wants to drink that’s their business, but if they are going to drink and drive that becomes my business,” said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.

As we reach the end of summer, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office reminds us of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, and more patrols specifically focused on DWIs and traffic safety.

“Around most holidays drinking is more prevalent and the crash statistics show that they’re higher on those periods so for labor day. 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020. That’s what we’re trying to do is save lives,” said Eric Townsend, Program Coordinator.

Sheriff Maciol reminds the community to always have a plan before you head out for the night.

“Now, you have all kinds of whether we’re talking Uber, taxi, or a designated driver,” said Maciol.

It’s important to educate the younger about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence.

“When someone gets arrested for a DWI you’re establishing a  criminal record they can never deny losing your license getting your name in the paper all those types of things. More importantly, we want to explain the consequences over the years we have had numerous too many to count fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers and making that one destructive decision driving certainly can ruin that person’s life find it ruins the lives,” said Maciol