The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Thursday announced the start of STOP-DWI Month in New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently issued a proclamation designating the month of November as STOP-DWI Month in New York. The New York State Special Traffic Options for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) Program was established in November of 1981 to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce impaired-driving offenses and to prevent crashes across the state. Since the program was enacted, fatalities from alcohol-related crashes on New York’s roadways have decreased 74 percent.
Through this collaboration, New York State has made significant progress in reducing drunk-driving crashes, injuries and fatalities. Since 2009, data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and research shows that all alcohol-related crashes in New York have decreased by nearly 10 percent. Fatal alcohol-related crashes have fallen by nearly 30 percent and personal injury crashes have declined almost 16 percent.
Sheriff Ron Spike, STOP-DWI Coordinator for Yates County said, Building on the success of the STOP-DWI Program, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, in partnership with the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation, support the state’s Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training program. DREs are utilized by law enforcement officials when a driver appears to be impaired but police have ruled out alcohol as the cause or sole cause of impairment. Yates County has one DRE with Deputy Charles Emerson who received extensive training that has been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). We hope to train another deputy as a DRE as we are encountering drugs with DWI incidents more frequently. There are now 270 certified DREs statewide.