Law enforcment cracking down on drunk, drugged drivers over holiday

June 28, 2018 01:57 PM

MECHANICVILLE - The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest for police encountering drunken drivers. Deputies in Saratoga County laid out their plan on Thursday to crack down.

On July 7, 2012, Sarah Liedel's daughter was killed by a drunken driver. She was walking home with a friend when a car driven by a 21-year-old man ran her down. The man was on his way to get more beer. He was charged with DWI.

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"To lose a child, there's nothing worse and to lose a child over something so irresponsible and unneeded, something that could have been prevented," said Liedel.

"Be responsible. Don't drink and drive. We want everybody to have a safe and fun summer," said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo.

Saratoga County law enforcement agencies and the state police gathered to reiterate the message. However, it's not just drinking and driving. It's also drugged and driving too.

"The opioid epidemic, the marijuana polydrugs that we're finding in people is a real problem," said Chuck DeWeese, the assistant commissioner of the Governor's Traffic Safety Office.

"I didn't think this was going to happen to me, but it did, so it could happen to you as well," said Liedel.

The last time July 4 was on a Wednesday was six years ago. Liedel was killed that following Saturday.



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