Oswego County Joins Statewide STOP-DWI Campaign April 19-21

April 12, 2024

Oswego County STOP-DWI Coordinator David Hall announced that law enforcement agencies and STOP-DWI coordinators across the state have joined forces to bring awareness to the public about the dangers of impaired driving.

In a combined effort to prevent injuries and save lives, these partners will take part in the state’s STOP-DWI 420 Day “High Visibility Engagement Campaign,” which runs from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.

“April 20, also known as 420, is a day when marijuana users sometimes increase their use,” said Hall. “As marijuana can impair cognitive performance and slow reaction times, operating a motor vehicle after using it poses a threat to the driver and other people on the roads. So, if you plan to consume cannabis, please designate a sober driver who won’t be – or utilize public transportation or a ride-sharing service.”

He also reminded people that using any drug – including some prescription medications – can impair their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

“High Visibility Engagement Campaigns” are some of the many initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI New York and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. Statewide campaigns target the Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day/end of summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season.

“Everyone can help to make a difference by having a sober plan,” said Hall. “Simply download the “Have a Plan” mobile app (www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp) and you will always be able to find a safe ride home.

“Impaired driving is completely preventable,” he added. “All it takes is a little planning.”