Stop DWI


Madison County

The Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (D.W.I.) was established by New York State government on July 31, 1981. This law became effective on November 28, 1981 and provided for the return of fine monies for drinking and driving violations to the counties in which they occurred, provided that those counties established a "STOP-DWI" program. The purpose of the STOP-DWI program is to "provide a plan for coordination of county, town, city, and village efforts to reduce alcohol-related traffic injuries and fatalities." 

The Madison County STOP-DWI Program was established in December 1981. A plan is prepared yearly and approved by the County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. 

Research has indicated that the most effective method of combating drinking and driving is to use the general deterrence model. This model gives priority to arresting those who drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs; swift adjudication of individual cases; certain and severe punishment for those convicted; and publicity for the arrest and prosecution efforts. Additionally, alcohol treatment for those arrested, probation supervision for persistent offenders, and public information and education efforts serve to reduce future D.W.I. violations.

Driving While Intoxicated-D.W.I.(.08% B.A.C. = Blood Alcohol Content)
  Fine Jail Sentence License Action
1st Offense $500 - $1000 Up to 1 year minimum 6 month revocation of license
2nd Offense $1000 - $5000 1 - 4 years minimum 1 year revocation of license

Effective in 1996 any persons under the age of 21 who operates a motor vehicle with a BAC between .02% and .07% will have his/her license suspended for six months and pay $125 civil penalty. An additional $125 fee is charged when the license is returned following suspension.

Key Components of the Madison County STOP-DWI Program include:
1. Law Enforcement- helps fund a dedicated D.W.I. patrol by a full-time Madison County Deputy Sheriff. Overtime D.W.I. patrols for other police departments within the county.
2. Prosecution-helps fund an Assistant District Attorney who prosecutes misdemeanor D.W.I. arrests
3. Evaluation, Treatment, and Probation Services- Helps fund an Alcohol Treatment Counselor and a Probation Officer to provide these vital services to those arrested for D.W.I.
4. Community Awareness and Education-The STOP-DWI Coordinator 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. The Coordinator also maintains a library of tapes and films which are available without charge to any school or organization within the county. Print and sign a CONTRACT FOR LIFE today!
5. D.W.I. Survivors’ Impact Panels are conducted for those undergoing the A.D.A.P.T. alcohol education program following their arrest for D.W.I. and for those on Probation for D.W.I. who want to apply for a driver's license. These panels consist of survivors telling the story of their personal D.W.I. 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.
6. Enforcement Equipment & Support-The STOP-DWI program funds the purchase, repair, and calibration of equipment used in D.W.I. enforcement. It also cooperates in the effort to provide training to law enforcement agencies within the county. The program sponsors a yearly D.W.I. Enforcement Recognition Luncheon which honors those officers from each department who are most active in D.W.I. enforcement.
7. The STOP-DWI program also provides support for D.W.I. victims and their families. A victims’ booklet was prepared, and the Coordinator is available to provide information or refer the victim to trained counselors or a volunteer support group.

Additional information about the STOP-DWI Program is available for students and other interested parties. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Phone: 366.2418 Fax: 366.2503
It’s Not What You Drink, it’s how much!

Each of these drinks contains the same amount of alcohol and raises BAC by the same amount:

.02% = 1- 4oz. glass of Wine = 1shot of 80 Proof Liquor = 1 - 12oz. Beer.

No one is "OK TO DRIVE" after drinking. No one can consume alcohol without it affecting judgement, reaction time, vision and other driving skills, although some may be better at covering up these effects. 

Studies also indicate that alcohol’s effect may be greater on women than men. Studies indicate that people who drink are less likely than other motorists to use their seat belts. Because intoxicated motorists are more likely to be involved in crashes, a deadly trap is at work. Always wear your seat belt when you drive. Nationally, 2/3 of the motorists who are killed in crashes aren’t wearing their seat belts. That isn’t a coincidence.

When your car hits something, someone else’s opinion won’t keep you in your seat. A seat belt will!

Any amount of drinking will begin to affect your judgement and coordination and reduce your ability 

to judge distance, speed, and angles.

The degree of impairment depends on four basic factors:
1. The amount you drink.
2. Whether you’ve eaten before or while drinking. (Food slows absorption.)
3. Your body weight
4. The length of time spent drinking.

There is no quick fix, no known way to reduce your B.A.C. (Blood Alcohol Concentration) after dining except to wait for your body to metabolize the alcohol, and that takes hours. Your body metabolizes about one drink each hour. Coffee will not sober you up. A cold shower will not sober you up. Nothing will enable you to react properly to driving demands except the passage of whatever time is required to rid your body of alcohol. Make your plans for a safe ride home before you’re in a position to need one. Once you’re intoxicated or impaired, your thinking won’t be clear and you may make a fatal decision to drive. 

John M. Becker, Chairman, Madison County Board of Supervisors 

Darrin P. Ball, Chairman, Criminal Justice Committee 

Ronald C. Bono, Vice-Chairman

Scott A Henderson, James S. Goldstein, Lewis Carinci


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