July fourth is a time to celebrate, whether you hit the beach, a local parade, a backyard barbecue, or one of the many firework displays planned for the Hudson Valley, there's a lot of ways to have fun and let loose.

Part of your holiday weekend plan may also include a few adult beverages, and that's fine, just please, don't drink and drive.

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Police throughout New York will be participating in Sobriety Checkpoints, and other means of special enforcement efforts, to help keep our roadways safe this holiday weekend, and that includes here in the Hudson Valley.

The July Fourth holiday has, unfortunately, a history of being a deadly weekend in terms of driving while drunk or driving under the influence. According to the Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be increasing patrols statewide to combat drunk and impaired driving beginning this Friday, June 30 and continuing through Wednesday, July 5.

By all means, enjoy your holiday weekend, but please be smart and don’t drink and drive. The lives of those you love, may depend on it.

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