With summer coming to a close, police departments around the Hudson Valley are cracking down on impaired driving.

Doug Menuez

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinario announced last Friday that police departments around Dutchess County will be participating in the statewide "STOP- DWI" program. The "STOP-DWI" crackdown began on August 19th and will go through Labor day, ending on September 5th.

During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, 51% of driving fatalities that involved drivers between the ages of 18 to 34 involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A driver is considered drunk if their BAC, or Blood-Alcohol Content, is .08 or higher.

In a press release William C. Johnson, the coordinator behind "STOP-DWI", stated "These coordinated, multi-agency enforcement efforts are aimed at reducing the numbers of impaired drivers on the roads.  We hope to reverse current trends by raising public awareness and making drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel impaired.”

If you're living in the Hudson Valley, please be safe while celebrating the Labor Day holiday or heading out to the Dutchess County Fair. Make sure you have a designated driver with you  if you plan on drinking. The