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Albany County to stop announcing DWI checkpoints

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Stop DWI crackdowns are becoming more unpredictable. The Albany County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday they will stop announcing some checkpoints in advance, starting with last Halloween Weekend. Our Megan Eaton has more.

ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- No one knows the consequences of a DWI accident better than its victims. Like New York State Trooper Ian Degiovine, who was hit head-on by a drunk driver while on DWI patrol in the Catskills.

"As the car was coming around the corner and I physically noticed that it was in our lane, our reaction was we both screamed," said Trooper Degiovine.

Albany County's Halloween Weekend DWI Patrol was held in honor of Degiovine and other officers injured by drunk drivers. And it came with a twist.

"We did an unannounced patrol on the county level, to go along with the statewide announced patrol," said Acting Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

When the four day crackdown was over, police found the numbers were up. Just under 800 people stopped and 29 arrested. An announced patrol held last year around the same time stopped over 1,200 people with only 15 arrests.

"I don't disagree with the concept of announcing it, but what I do disagree with is the people who just target certain days with oh you can't go out because there's a crackdown," said Apple.

Though a heads up on DWI checkpoints may keep the numbers down, police say they want you to drive as though there could be a stop every night.

"Now, you don't know. We could be out tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, we don't want you to know. Don’t come to our county and drink and drive," added Apple.

"Whether we tell people or not I think we're going to keep seeing DWI's out there until people start getting the message," concluded Degiovine.

While the county still plans to announce some DWI stops, they hope by making others random, drivers will cut the drunk driving and just call a cab.

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