Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This St. Patrick's Day

News from Sheriff's Office, Posted on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:00am
Luck won't keep you out of a jam. This St. Patrick's Day

Luck won't keep you out of a jam. This St. Patrick's Day

 Sheriff Whitcomb Plans to Step Up Enforcement for St. Patrick’s Day to Catch Drunk Drivers Throughout Cattaraugus County            

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Sheriff Timothy S. Whitcomb is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk. During this holiday law enforcement officials in Cattaraugus County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010.  On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in theUnited Statesand the majority of these crashes involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations of .15 grams per deciliter or higher, almost twice legal limit of .08 g/dL.  

New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. (NYSSA) is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of sheriffs’ services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New YorkState. Visit

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) awards Federal highway safety grant funds to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign of the NHTSA. For more information on the NHTSA, visit

2/5 of all deaths in crashes between 2006 and 2010 involved a drunk driver during St. Patrick's Day

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