STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated”. The STOP-DWI Program was enacted by the State Legislature in 1981 for the purposes of empowering county governments to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes within the context of a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.
STOP-DWI funding is limited to enhancement programs which reduce the incidence of drunk driving and is supported entirely by the fines paid by people convicted of driving while intoxicated. STOP DWI funding is limited to enhancement programs, which reduce the incidence of drunk driving. Application of DWI fine revenues and fund balance covers the fiscal year program expenses at no cost to local taxpayers.
STOP-DWI Committee Annual Awards Ceremony
On February 21, 2013, the Seneca County STOP-DWI committee held its annual awards ceremony honoring area law enforcement officers and agencies for their efforts in combatting drinking and driving during 2012.
Seneca County STOP-DWI Coordinator, Undersheriff Gary S. Sullivan thanked out-going STOP-DWI Coordinator Waterloo Police Chief Doyle Marquart for his years of service as Coordinator of the local STOP-DWI committee. Sullivan reported that overall DWI related arrests rose 25% in 2012 as compared to the previous year. “177 DWI related arrests were made by law enforcement agencies in Seneca County in 2012 as compared to 142 in 2011. These numbers demonstrate that law enforcement agencies in Seneca County are working hard to remove persons that choose to drive drunk on our highways and endanger innocent lives” said Sullivan.
“This coming year, we will be expanding our STOP-DWI efforts with educational programs and increased use of special designated patrols and sobriety check points especially during special events or holidays.”
“It doesn’t stop there – partnering with the Probation Department and Office of District Attorney we will work hard to keep repeat offenders off the roads. The Probation Department oversees the ignition inter-lock program and monitors convicted drunk drivers during after their sentence by a Court. Once again, our District Attorney’s Office is in the top ten of DA’s offices in New York who take a tough stand against DWI offenders” said Undersheriff Sullivan. “Equally important is working with our partner agencies to identify offenders and get them the help they need, whether it be mental health counseling or alcohol treatment.”
The following law enforcement officers were given special recognition during the awards ceremony for having the highest number of DWI related arrests from their particular agency.
- Sergeant Michael Schell, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
- Sergeant Michael Poole, Seneca Falls Police
- Officer Kevin Sholly, Waterloo Police
- Trooper Christopher Braun, New York State Police
- Officer Jason Stekl, New York State Park Police
- Sergeant Leon Anderson, Interlaken Police
District Attorney Barry Porsch joined Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg, Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra, Waterloo Police Sergeant Lee Marquart, New York State Police Sergeant Jason Haag, Interlaken Police Chief Jeff Bond and New York State Police Sergeant Ed Gonzalez in congratulating the award winners.
Latest STOP-DWI Press Release
- 2018 Victim Impact Panel Information
- MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- New York State Dept of Motor Vehicles
- National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board
- New York State STOP-DWI Association
- SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions
- Seneca County Sheriff
- Seneca Falls Police Department
- Waterloo Police
- NYS Park Police
- NYS Police
- Interlaken Police Department
- Seneca County District Attorney Office
- Council on Alcoholism
- Seneca County Probation