Erie County to step up DWI patrols for Thanksgiving

DWI arrests expected to be the same as 2018 numbers

Mike Baggerman
November 26, 2019 - 12:25 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Police in Erie County are bracing for an increase in DWI arrests as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Erie County Central Police Services Commissioner, James Jancewicz, said that you should be prepared to see an increase in DWI patrols and checkpoints.

“We’ll have multiple checkpoints starting (Wednesday) and through Sunday,” Jancewicz said.

 Erie County is projecting a total of 2,408 arrests for DWI in 2019. That projected total would exactly match the total in 2018. However, there has been a decrease in DWI arrests locally of about 30 percent since 2011, when there was 3,445 arrests. Some of the decrease can be attributed to options such as ride-hailing, though Poloncarz said that ridesharing arrests have resulted in less than a ten percent drop.

In the cases of people who have had multiple DWI arrests and have had their license suspended, Poloncarz said those repeat offenders should be thrown in jail.

“They’re a risk to society,” Poloncarz said. “That’s what it comes down. They’re putting other people at risk. They have a complete disregard for other people on the road.”

Learn more about Erie County STOP-DWI here.

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