Ontario County Sheriff's Office teams up with Stop DWI

Department brushing up on field sobriety tests, ahead of one of busiest holidays

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Ontario County Deputies are getting ready for Thanksgiving a little early this year.
The department is teaming with the group, "Stop DWI" to brush up on field sobriety tests, ahead of what they say could be one of the busiest holiday weeks of the year. 
The tests are field sobriety checks, known to law enforcement as the horizontal gaze and stagmus, the walk and turn test, and the one-legged stance. 
Deputy Dana Egburtson says there are 'cues' they give during each test, and that a driver can only miss a few before they fail. 
"There's four cues. If you miss two of those you fail," said Egburtson. "So, it's hopping, swaying, raise your arms to your side."
The 'brush up' is part of a joint effort with Stop DWI, an organization working to help keep drivers safe on the roadways. 
"Our message is, we want people to know that we are going to be out there we're going to be looking for people that are impaired because we want to keep our streets safe," said Sue Cirencione, with Stop DWI. 
She says that deputies took a written test to brush up on skills before the busy holiday.
"It's a time for police officers to refresh their skills so that when they're at a traffic stop they can really identify impaired drivers before they really hurt themselves or somebody else," said Cirencione.
And, for drivers, passing even one of these tests is harder than it looks. 
Ontario County says they will have increased patrols out. They will be out in full force November 23 until November 27. 
Rochester Police also tell us they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. They are asking anyone that is planning on drinking during the busy Thanksgiving weekend to have a plan. 


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