Key Components of the Program
- Law Enforcement - helps fund DWI patrols by full-time Madison County Sheriff's Deputies. Overtime DWI patrols for other police departments within Madison county.
- Prosecution - helps fund an Assistant District Attorney who prosecutes misdemeanor DWI arrests.
- Evaluation, Treatment, and Probation Services - Helps fund an Alcohol Treatment Counselor and a Probation Officer to provide these vital services to those arrested for DWI.
- Community Awareness and Education-The Madison County Sheriff's Office partners with BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Inc. to employ a full-time STOP-DWI Prevention Education Specialist who conducts community awareness and education presentations for interested groups and organizations. The program supports S.A.D.D. chapters within the school and arranges programs for high schools, elementary schools, and colleges.
- A Victims Impact Panel is presented by BRiDGES, MCCASA, Inc. for those undergoing the I.D.P (Impaired Driver Program) following their arrest for DWI, and for those on Probation for DWI who want to apply for a driver's license. These panels consist of survivors telling the story of their personal DWI tragedy. These panels are also conducted in county high schools and before other groups as requested. Surveys of those attending indicate that the panels are one of the best ways to change attitudes about drinking and driving.
- Enforcement Equipment and Support - The STOP-DWI program funds the purchase, repair, and calibration of equipment used in DWI enforcement. It also cooperates in the effort to provide training to law enforcement agencies within the county.
- The program sponsors a yearly DWI Enforcement Recognition Luncheon which honors those officers from each department who are most active in DWI enforcement.