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New app focused on preventing drunk driving

Updated: 08/15/2014 11:25 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 10:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

Police say preventing drinking and driving can be as easy as having your phone with a new app that is now available. The idea of the app is to make someone think twice before getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement agencies from several counties in our area are endorsing it - most recently in Monroe County.

Peter Navratil's mother and her partner were killed twelve years ago by a drunk driver on East Avenue at the corner of Penfield Road.

Navratil says, "When they identified that it was a DWI-related crash, that is a moment I will never forget. I just exploded in disbelief and outrage that they would be harmed or killed in such a way."

Since then Navratil has worked to stop people from getting behind the wheel drunk.

"Any tool that we can create that is going to 1.) create awareness and 2.) create immediate resources and access to reporting something, I think that is a good thing," says Navratil

One of those tools was announced today by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and she stood alongside law enforcement officers. "Have a Plan" is a completely free app you can download on your smart phone, which has a number of resources.

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says, "They will have a way of being able to quickly identify drunk drivers or reminds them how to get a cab and how quickly that can be done."

The app also has information on what a DWI conviction means, along with a number of games created to test your level of impairment. Law enforcement officers urge people to remember these are just games. While it is the fun part of the app, on a more serious note, there is a button you can press to connect you directly to 911, if you need to report a DWI.

"If you see something or see a danger or someone that is going to be getting behind the wheel that shouldn't," says O'Flynn. "Let us know and we will be there to support you and make the situation safe."

For those who have lost loved ones, they say this is a step in the right direction.

"We continue to battle in regard to making our roadways safe," says Navratil.

Again, the app is called " Have a Plan" and it is free to download.





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