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STOP-DWI
Eoin Wrafter, Acting Commissioner

 

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 2013 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 1,324 convictions of the 1,390 closed cases, including 37 felony convictions in 2013.

  • Funding to co-sponsor/support the 30th Annual Mid Hudson Region STOP-DWI Enforcement/Prosecution Conference in New Windsor, NY (April 3rd 2014). STOP-DWI Program sponsorship provided 37 law enforcement personnel/STOP DWI advocates & Prosecutors from Dutchess County the opportunity to attend the conference and training workshops.

  • 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 31st Annual Victims’ Memorial Service in May 2013.

  • The Program held its 19th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony on November 20th 2013. The event honored 19 officers and was attended by 103 guests. The keynote speakers were Jessica & Aviv Segal, Senior ADA’s, Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.

  • 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. Successful CAPE programming in 2013 included continued utilization of the “Teen Driving… It’s a Family Affair” Program offered in all Dutchess County School Districts, 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.

  • The Annual Dutchess County SADD Conference, coordinated by CAPE was held on November 15th 2013 at the Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie. More than 140 SADD participants/students attended the conference representing high schools and established SADD chapters from throughout Dutchess County.

  • Funding was provided for a Coordinated High School Presentation Program focusing on addressing underage impaired driving issues. Presentations conducted by Jonathan Mueller (supported by STOP-DWI) were coordinated and conducted in multiple school districts throughout the County.

  • Program Coordinator assisted with organization/support of mock DWI crashes 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 2013 the specialized unit received 240 new sentenced DWI cases, 306 cases were terminated/closed, and 128 violations were filed. Data reveals the Intensive Supervision unit supervised an average of 109 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 2013 Dutchess County STOP-DWI funding directly resulted in 3,765 combined hours of dedicated enforcement overtime patrols, resulting in 272 impaired driving arrests. Also, sobriety checkpoints (399 combined hrs.) resulted in 21 additional impaired driving arrests to bring the total of STOP funded arrests in 2013 to 292. This compares to 326 in 2012, 295 in 2011, 324 in 2010, 308 in 2009, 333 in 2008, 290 in 2007 and 232 in 2006). 2013 data includes enforcement activities conducted as part of a NYS STOP-DWI Foundation Crackdown Enforcement grant project.

Revenue for 2013 totaled $537,709 which includes; $449,238 fine revenue, $78,356 grant projects reimbursement, and $10,089 AP credit, and a $25.00 donation.

This compares to a 2012 total of $580,128; 2011 total of $552,957; $626,460 in 2010, $656,792 in 2009, $758,923 in 2008, $591,090 in 2007, $612,627 in 2006, $613,419 in 2005, $516,115 in 2004, $636,504 in 2003, $618,732 of total revenue in 2002, and $627,894 in 2001.

Expenditures totaled $559,538 in 2013; compared to $737,264 in 2012; $624,733 in 2011; $752023 in 2010, $679,438 in 2009, $582,958 in 2008, $500,753 in 2007, $480,427 in 2006, $545,347 in 2005, $767,070 in 2004, $914,891 in 2003, $639,874 in 2002, and $501,986 in 2001.

The STOP-DWI Program’s dedicated fund balance as of December 31st 2013 was $45,737. 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 2015 plan request includes appropriations totaling
* With the addition of the PPA fringe of

$401,112
$  15,148
$416,260

Impaired Driving Crackdown Grant Project: 

$  78,700

 

$494,960

 


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