25 Impaired Driving Arrests Made During Halloween Crackdown

During the Halloween Crackdown period of October 31 thru November 3, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, and Village of Millerton Police Department conducted Impaired Driving details consisting of Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols throughout the county in addition to their regular patrols. A total of 26 arrests were made including 25 impaired driving arrests during the period.

These coordinated details were funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation which once again awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program a "Crackdown Enforcement Grant" for the 2018-2019 Crackdown periods. The objective of this continued enforcement grant is to revitalize and enhance the visibility of the STOP-DWI Program through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement details targeting identified statewide crackdown periods. They also include the assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

According to Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson "The Halloween Crackdown period kicks off the 2019 -2020 Statewide Crackdown Enforcement grant project. Continued funding from the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation enables Law Enforcement to step up their activities during eight holiday periods identified by NHTSA as the deadliest on our roadways due to impaired driving crashes. The coordinated efforts afforded by this grant are an undeniable reminder that impaired driving enforcement and prosecution remains a priority in Dutchess County."

Below is a listing of arrestees and charges from the details as well as arrests by agency patrols.