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Orleans County 'saturation patrol' nets seven for DWI

A multi-agency DWI "saturation patrol" in Orleans County resulted in seven DWI arrests and 45 traffic tickets between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office.

This effort involved every law enforcement agency in the county along with New York State Parole, the Orleans County Probation Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This is the fourth year of the saturation patrol. Compared to previous years, the Sheriff's Office said, more vehicles – 132 – were stopped but the percentage of intoxicated drivers remained about the same at 5 percent.  The office said it has seen data showing that as many as 20 percent of stopped motorists were intoxicated in the past and called the 5 percent figure "positive news" in the effort to reduce drunk-driving accidents.

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