STOP-DWI & Traffic Safety Programs

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Public Health, STOP-DWI, and law enforcement agencies throughout Ontario County are collaborating this month to increase awareness about the dangers of impaired driving by providing a STOP-DWI High Visibility Campaign, November 22nd through November 26th. Law enforcement officers from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Geneva Police Department, Canandaigua Police Department, FLCC Campus Police, as well as municipal law enforcement agencies across the state, will be out in force to identify and detain impaired drivers.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the road eager to spend time with family and friends. This year is predicted to be one of the busiest travel holidays in history and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign aim to reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

Drunk driving related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season.  According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 185 people were killed nationally during the 2020 Thanksgiving period (6pm 11/25 through 5:59 am 11/30).  

The life you save may be your own. Impaired driving is completely preventable. You can help to make a difference by having a sober plan! Download the mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home.



It's back to school time...stop for buses and watch carefully for children who walk to school!!

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The mission of STOP-DWI is to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related crashes, to promote DWI prevention as a public priority, and to coordinate local efforts in law enforcement, prosecution, probation, rehabilitation, public information, education and administration. 

About the Program:
The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981 and stands for "Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated". STOP-DWI is based on the philosophy that innovative local efforts are the key to solving the impaired driving problem. The intention of the legislation creating the program was to provide funding for the improvement and expansion of existing programs, and to develop new methods for the evaluation of progress. The emphasis of the program is to coordinate as many deterrents as possible, providing comprehensive solutions. STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted impaired drivers, no tax dollars are used. 

New York State is recognized nationally as a leader in traffic safety and in particular for continual progress in reducing drug/alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.