A Community Effort The STOP-DWI Program is funded by fines paid by people convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.
What is STOP DWI?
In 1981, New York State enacted legislation which established the Special Traffic Options Programs for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI). Specifically, the legislation permits an established county STOP-DWI program to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses occurring in its jurisdiction. Each county appoints a STOP-DWI Coordinator, whose duties include the development of a program and the coordination of efforts by agencies involved in alcohol and highway safety. The “local option” concept set forth by the Legislature allows each program to ultimately reflect the unique qualities and needs of the specific county.
HOW DOES STOP-DWI BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
Under the direction of a Steering Committee, Schenectady County has established a comprehensive county-wide plan to reduce impaired driving and related problems. Key components of the plan include law enforcement, prosecution, probation, prevention/education, rehabilitation and public information. Through these coordinated efforts with the enforcement agencies, county departments, school districts, human service organizations and local businesses, awareness of the issues has increased. Impaired drivers are being removed from our local roadways and their cases are being given the necessary priority with appropriate and consistent penalties imposed upon conviction.
Victim Impact Panels (pre-registration is required) - Victim Impact Panel - Presentations by victims of impaired driving incidents are the focal point of these sessions. The main objective of the program is not one of punishment, but of increased awareness of the total and extending impact of such an action. Referrals to the panels are most often made by courts within the County and/or the Probation Department. These referrals may be a condition of discharge for a DWI offense. DWI Impact Panels may also be utilized as an educational tool for high school and college classes.
Pre-registration required. $50.00 fee. CLICK HERE for registration form.
2020 dates: 1/15; 4/8; 6/17; 9/9; 11/4 • 7pm at Schenecady County Community College
For more information call 370-3113.
Substance Abuse Awareness Program (pre-registration is required) - The Substance Abuse Awareness Program is a six-hour educational program. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of teens and young adults, ages 14-20 years old, who have encountered legal or school problems as a result of the use or abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs. The course is six hours in length and currently is information based. The program is not considered treatment or intervention, but rather prevention.
The research has identified skills to be the catalyst for youth to change behavior and Schenectady County is planning to revamp the program to reflect the science-based skills. The skills to be integrated are:
- decision making
- goal setting and planning
- stress management
- resource management
Pre-registration required. Scheduled on the third Saturday for the months of January, March, May, September, November. By appointment classes may be held in Frebruary, April, June, July, August, October, and December. $40.00 fee
One Second, Everything Changes Exhibit - Kids are in crashes for many reasons: inattention, intoxication, speed, or bad luck. Many are killed by drunk or distracted drivers. Some kill themselves, their friends, or others.Many begin drinking late in Middle School or early in High School. Some get a second chance and don't take it, leading to tragedy. This exhibit, through words and images, portrays youth who were put at risk in New York's Capital Region. It focuses on fateful events in a forensic style. As you tour and reflect, get to know their stories. They were brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and above all, friends. They had everything to live for. The immortality of youth met a culture of the extreme... and in an instant, everything changed.
320 Veeder Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12307
(518) 370-3113 x.6
Thomas P. Delaney