The City of Stamford wants its residents to remember one important thing during the holidays.
“Our message it don’t drink and drive this holiday season, there are alternatives.”
The mayor and public safety officials reiterated that message Thursday as part of the city’s DUI prevention campaign.
“Let me make this very simple,” Mayor David Martin said. “If somebody shouldn’t be driving, then either themselves or a friend should find an alternate way home and in fact you can call the police and we will help to get them home. But if somebody is driving while drunk, there is not going to be any tolerance.”
Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski says the number of drunk driving incidents increase during this time of year.
“It always picks up in the months of November and December,” Jankowski says. “Looking back at the statistics I would say there’s probably at least a 10% increase at least here in Stamford.
Officials say they will be working extra hard to protect residents and keep the city’s roads safe.
“During this holiday season we will be putting out, as of last night, a roving DWI patrol,” says Assistant Police Chief James Matheny. “Their goal will be to more strongly enforce the drunk driving laws that this state has instituted. We’re going to also, with the help of the mayor’s office, the DWI patrols will be distributing flyers that offer alternatives for people that may be intoxicated.”
“Some of those alternatives include having a designated driver; calling a cab, friend, or family member; taking public transportation; staying the night or walking,” says Mayor Martin.
Officials say they also expect restaurants and bars to cooperate when it comes to serving minors and over serving patrons.
“Our goal is not to write more tickets,” Martin says. “The goal is to be unable to write the tickets because everyone is driving safe.
“Hopefully as the mayor said, it does not result in more arrests,” says Matheny. “We’re all very familiar with the economic as well as personal cost of drunk driving and the accidents that come with it.”
“We want all residents to enjoy the holidays and be safe,” says Jankowski. “However we need the residents’ help.”