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Local law enforcement increase patrols for Labor Day weekend

Many people plan to end the summer with their last 'hoorah' for Labor Day weekend.

Posted: Aug 31, 2018 11:09 PM

Many people plan to end the summer with their last 'hoorah' for Labor Day weekend.

Local law enforcement is stepping up their patrols to combat drunk driving. Oneida County Sherriff Rob Maciol is calling this weekend one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

It is estimated that there will be over 400 deaths, as a result of a car accident, nationwide.

Maciol says deputies are cracking down on drunk driving, both on the road and on the waterways.

Many local people will be traveling to visit family, or for vacations, and Maciol says he wants to make sure that everyone is safe!

“We see an increase in police calls for service as a result of the folks consuming a little more alcohol than they would if it was a gloomy rainy day,” Maciol said. “We are out on the streets because we want to keep the roadways safe so the family's and people can have fun at all those different things that there are to do. I don't want to ruin anybody's day with an arrest or a traffic ticket, but if they're doing something that's going to put other people’s lives at risk, then we cannot tolerate that."

Anyone who plans on drinking this weekend, Maciol says to make sure you have a designated driver, use a taxi service, such as Uber or Lyft, to get home, or if you are already at a friend's house, make plans to stay the night there. He says there is a zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated.

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