Holiday campaign kickoff

The Have a Plan app is available for free in the App Store on any smartphone.

“We have a QR code that can be scanned or you can go to your app store and type in ‘Have a Plan’.  If you put this on your phone you have no excuse for not getting a ride home,” Hale said. “You can click on ‘don’t drive, get a ride’ and it will populate all of the taxi cabs in a 20 mile radius in your area, anywhere in the country”.

The goal for all the members of law enforcement, as well as the stop DWI team, is to cut down on deaths and senseless injuries.

Brian Strommer, Washingtonville, and Stacey Garrison, Bloomingburg, both parents of children killed by drunk drivers, spoke about the life long grief resulting in someone’s choice to drive drunk.

“Hopefully this will work,” Garrison said about this app. “And hopefully people will use this- because nobody wants to live this”.

Law enforcement representatives from the State Police, Orange County Sherriff, and Police Chiefs from the Town of Chester, Montgomery, Crawford, Tuxedo, Warwick, Cornwall,  Goshen, the Villages of Harriman, Chester, Washingtonville, and the City of Port Jervis stood together to announce two upcoming sets of sobriety check points.

The next checkpoints will take place Thanksgiving week, Nov. 26 to 30, the second during the extended holiday season from Dec. 12 to Jan 1. 

The check points are funded in part by DWI fine money as well as a $114,000 grant from the NYS DWI Foundation totaling $314,000 to go toward DWI programs.

DWI have a cost to both the wallet and freedom, according to Hoovler.

“It’s a choice that people make, and it’s crime,” Hoovler said.