DWI patrol stepped up in Albany County for holiday weekend

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Updated: 3/14 10:13 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Patrols will be stepped up by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office as they look for drunk drivers.

Officers stepped up their DWI patrols Friday for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

“People who look like they’re not paying attention or having trouble driving,” Deputy Sheriff Tyler Moffat said. “We really want to cut down on fatalities and accidents that are caused by people who have been drinking and driving or driving while ability is impaired by drugs.”

Officers will be out day and night cracking down on DWI as well as drugged drivers.

Police stopped a vehicle for not signaling Friday, but they immediately smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

“Searched them to see if they had any drugs on them,” Moffat said. “One actually did have marijuana on them.”

Police also suggested defensive driving.

“You really want to pay attention to who’s around you and cars coming at you and cars that are next to you,” Moffat said.

Police say they are not out to ruin anyone’s night. They just don’t want people to drink and drive.

“St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be a fun holiday,” Moffat said. “All we want to do is make sure everyone can enjoy it in a safe manner.”

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