Steuben County Sheriff David Cole announced that Steuben County police agencies will participate in this year’s STOP-DWI Holiday Season Crackdown.

The crackdown began Friday and will end on Jan. 2, 2017. During that time, state police, along with county sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will be out in force to buckle down on impaired driving over the holiday season, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said that a high visible and high concentration of law enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent, with sobriety checkpoints playing a key part in bolstering awareness of the problem.

According to the sheriff’s department, STOP-DWI efforts across the state have led to a reduction in alcohol and drug related fatalities. But lives are still being lost.

The sheriff’s office said that in December 2015, drunk driving crashes killed 840 people in New York.

The holiday season crackdown is one of several statewide enforcement efforts promoted by the NYS STOP-DWI Association with additional funding from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and implemented by the STOP-DWI foundation.