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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 that reduce the incidence of drunk driving and is supported entirely by the fines paid by people convicted of driving while intoxicated. Application of DWI fine revenues and fund balance covers the fiscal year program expenses at no cost to local taxpayers.


Victim Impact Panel (VIP)

Currently, Seneca County is offering VIP as an online option only. Participation involves watching several videos, reading a few articles, and answering some questions. Defendants may complete their court-ordered VIP requirement in one of three ways:

Online Option #1 – if you have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and the internet you can take the course online from home. A tablet or a smartphone will not work for this.

Online Option #2 – check with a local library to see if they have computers available for public use.

Online Option #3 – contact us to make an individual appointment to take the course in our office at 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165. See contact info in Step 1 below.

If not making an appointment to take the course in our office, follow these steps:

STEP 1

YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN A “VIP PACKET” in one of two ways:

  • Pick up a packet in the County Office Building 1st floor lobby during business hours
  • Or ask us to mail you a packet:
    • email Cindy: cryan@co.seneca.ny.us
    • call: 315-539-1755 (M-Th, 8:30a-1:30p) – leave clear message if after hours.

STEP 2

WATCH THE VIDEOS, READ THE ARTICLES, AND ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS

The packet you will obtain has a series of questions for you to answer based on watching some videos and reading several articles. Plan on it taking about 2 hours to complete the program.

STEP 3

RETURN YOUR “VIP PACKET” ALONG WITH $40.00 [cash or money order only]

  • Put your signed, completed paperwork in an envelope, including $40.00 [cash or money order only]
  • Return your envelope to us in one of three ways:
    • In person during regular business hours at the Seneca County Office Building
    • If after hours, use the DROP BOX located on wall outside main doors near DMV entrance
    • US Mail: STOP-DWI, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165
      • If using US Mail we do not recommend mailing cash

If the STOP-DWI Coordinator is satisfied with your answers [one or two-word answers are not acceptable, except where appropriate] notification will be sent to the court that ordered your participation stating that you have fulfilled the VIP requirement.


TOP-DWI Awards

On Friday, March 22, 2024, the Seneca County Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee came together to honor the top police officers in Seneca County with respect to impaired driving enforcement in 2023. In addition, Assistant Legislator Craig Pemberton, of New York State Senator Tom O’Mara’s office, and Chief of Staff Alexis Ogra, of New York State Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan’s office were in attendance to greet and honor the award winners.

The award winners were as follows:

New York State Police – Waterloo:
Trooper Logan Fleming
presented by Sargeant Stephen Sargent

Seneca Falls Police Department:
Officer Devin Hathaway
presented by Chief Tim Snyder

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office:
Deputy Travis Gantz
presented by Sheriff Tim Thompson

Waterloo Police Department:
Officer Jacob Webb
presented by Chief James Chechak

New York State Police – Junius Ponds:
Trooper Valerie Sgarlata
presented by Captain Jason Haag

Police Agency of the Year:
New York State Police – Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff and STOP-DWI Coordinator Timothy J. Thompson, Jr. remarked, “I commend the brave men and women that work tirelessly to keep our roadways safe. I applaud them for their efforts and want them to know that they do make a difference.”

In the last few years, there has been a rise in impaired driving arrests in Seneca County. The Seneca County Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee would like to remind the community to make good choices when consuming alcohol or other substances that may impair their ability to drive a motor vehicle safely.


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