William Johnson, Administrator
The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program remains under the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, and continues to be a comprehensive, effective program and a viable community resource.
The following programmatic objectives were achieved during 2015 fiscal cycle to fulfill the goals set by the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board:
To reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries by impaired driving.
- Funded 9 law enforcement agencies for dedicated overtime patrols.
- Continued to partially fund one full-time DWI officer for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
- The Program continues to support countywide training needs to support the detection, apprehension, and prosecution of drivers impaired by both alcohol and drugs, and to develop a local operational plan to support, coordinate and provide those activities.
- The inventory list for loaned DWI equipment continues to be validated and updated by the STOP-DWI Coordinator and Program Assistant.
- Funding to support the District Attorney’s Office staff resulted in 1,468 convictions of the 1,551 closed cases, including 66 felony convictions in 2015.
- Attended a Mid-Hudson Region STOP-DWI Enforcement/Prosecution training held in Goshen, NY with multiple Dutchess county Law Enforcement agencies sending officers to the training seminar.
- Coordinator attended quarterly meetings of the New York State STOP-DWI Coordinator’s Association, and continues an active role as the Regional Chairman (Mid-Hudson) of the Association, and with the Association’s Law Enforcement sub-committee.
- Coordinator continues to meet with the chiefs/officers in charge of all contracted law enforcement agencies countywide to enhance communications and identify/ address general and agency specific needs.
To increase the public’s perception of the risks of impaired driving.
- In the past year the STOP-DWI Office has responded to a growing number of public information requests, either through telephone, e-mail, or written correspondence.
- STOP-DWI Coordinator offered welcoming remarks at the 33rd Annual Victims’ Memorial Service in May 2015.
- The Program held its 21st Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on November 19th 2015. The event honored 7 officers representing State, County, and Municipal Police Agencies and was attended by 100 guests. The guest speaker was Mr. Joe Abrusci, Police Officer and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor (Mt. Olive Township, NJ) who spoke about current drug trends and impaired driving.
- The program also provided funding supporting Dutchess County Remove Intoxicated Drivers (R.I.D) programming expenses.
- Coordinator continues to be a member of the Dutchess County Victim Impact Panel’s (VIP) Advisory Committee, the Dutchess County MADD Organizational committee, and the Dutchess Campus Community Coalition.
- Multiple press releases were written and distributed to the media pertaining to changes in legislation and various STOP-DWI and Traffic Safety programs.
To reduce the incidence of impaired driving by underage drivers.
- The program partially funded a shared Alcohol/Highway Safety Educator position with the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County, Inc. CAPE programming delivered in 2015 included continued utilization of the “Teen Driving… It’s a Family Affair” Program offered in School Districts throughout the County, as well as, coordination of High School SADD chapters/related activities, and the annual Dutchess County SADD conference. DC-CAPE staff remains instrumental in the delivery of prevention education/information and remain key components in the cultivation & development of strong working relationships in the schools/communities.
- Program Coordinator assisted with organization/support of mock DWI crashes, Pre Prom Assemblies, and Impaired Driving awareness presentations in School Districts throughout Dutchess County. The STOP-DWI program also provided a variety of PI & E materials that were distributed to the respective student bodies.
To reduce the incidence of recidivist impaired driving.
- The STOP-DWI Program continues to partially fund/subsidize outpatient alcohol and substance abuse services through the Lexington Center for Recovery.
- Provided funding to support the DWI offenders Intensive Supervision Unit in the Dutchess County Probation and Community Corrections Office. In 2015 the specialized unit received 249 new sentenced DWI cases, 357 cases were terminated/closed, and 144 violations were filed. Data reveals the Intensive Supervision unit supervised an average of 115 cases per month. Overall impaired driving cases represent approximately thirty percent (30%) of the total criminal caseload of the Probation Department.
Evaluation of the Program (State data)
In FY 2015 STOP-DWI funding directly resulted in 3,524 combined hours of dedicated overtime enforcement patrols, resulting in 191 impaired driving arrests. Also, an additional 205 combined hours were dedicated to coordinated, multijurisdictional sobriety checkpoints (3) that resulted in 8 additional impaired driving arrests to bring the total of STOP funded arrests in 2015 to 199.
This compares to 330 arrests in 2014, 292 in 2013, 326 in 2012, 295 in 2011, 324 in 2010, 308 in “09”, 333 in “08”, 290 in “07” and 232 in 2006). 2015 data includes enforcement activities conducted as part of a NYS STOP-DWI Foundation Crackdown Enforcement grant project.
Revenue for 2015 totaled $540,178 which includes; $445,112 fine revenue, $94,406 grant project reimbursement, and $361 misc. revenue. This compares to a 2014 total of $630,254, 2013 total of $537,709; 2012 -$580,128; 2011 - $552,957; $626,460 in 2010, $656,792 in 2009, $758,923 in 2008, $591,090 in 2007, and $612,627 in 2006.
Expenditures totaled $499,717 in 2015; compared to $596,957 in 2014, $559,538 in 2013; $737,264 in 2012; $624,733 in 2011; $752,023 in 2010, $679,438 in “09”, $582,958 in “08”, $500,753 in “07”, $480,427 in “06”, $545,347 in “05”, $767,070 in “04”, $914,891 in “03”, $639,874 in “02”, and $501,986 in 2001.
The STOP-DWI Program’s dedicated fund balance as of December 31st 2015 was $119,505. The STOP-DWI planning board remains committed to maintaining fiscal stability by maintaining a responsible fund balance.
The STOP-DWI Planning Board met six times during this period to monitor and evaluate the program. Members continued their participation in the sub-committees of Legislation, Law Enforcement, Promotion and Evaluation/Budget.
The tentative 2017 plan request includes appropriations totaling; $505,023.