STOP-DWI & Traffic Safety Programs
Thanksgiving High Visibility Engagement Campaign
November 24 - November 28, 2021
This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the road eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives, law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts.
The mission of STOP-DWI is to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related crashes, to promote DWI prevention as a public priority, and to coordinate local efforts in law enforcement, prosecution, probation, rehabilitation, public information, education and administration.
About the Program:
The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981 and stands for "Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated". STOP-DWI is based on the philosophy that innovative local efforts are the key to solving the impaired driving problem. The intention of the legislation creating the program was to provide funding for the improvement and expansion of existing programs, and to develop new methods for the evaluation of progress. The emphasis of the program is to coordinate as many deterrents as possible, providing comprehensive solutions. STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted impaired drivers, no tax dollars are used.
New York State is recognized nationally as a leader in traffic safety and in particular for continual progress in reducing drug/alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.
ATTENTION ALL VIP ATTENDEES:
We are very lucky to be able to provide live and in person panels. As of 8/17/2021, Ontario County is asking that all employees and visitors wear masks despite vaccination status. This is due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county.
If you have any questions as to whether you are registered for a session, please either check with your sentencing court or call 396-4114 prior to 4:30pm the day of the panel***
2020 TOP COP AWARDED TO DEPUTY IAN HALL
Pictured above: Molly McNear, STOP-DWI Program Specialist; Mary Beer, STOP-DWI Coordinator/Director of Public Health; Deputy Ian Hall; Sheriff Kevin Henderson; Brian Young, Deputy County Administrator
On July 8th, 2021 Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputy Ian Hall was awarded the Ontario County STOP-DWI Top Cop award for 2020. In addition, Deputy Hall was recognized by the Ontario County Board of Supervisors with an official resolution.
Deputy Hall has shown incredible dedication to STOP-DWI efforts. Mary Beer, Ontario County STOP-DWI Coordinator and Director of Public Health, stated that “Deputy Hall’s exceptional efforts at keeping the roads of Ontario County safe deserves to be recognized. He alone was responsible for 48 DWI/DWAI arrests in 2020 which accounted for over 15% of all impaired driving arrests in 2020 for Ontario County.”
Deputy Hall has been with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office since 2018. He has since excelled in identifying and arresting impaired drivers and is very active in drug interdiction. Deputy Hall is also the county’s newest K-9 officer having recently graduated training in Monroe County with his K-9 partner Sandy. Along with the STOP-DWI Top Cop Award, Deputy Hall was named the recipient of the 2020 Paul Harris Award by the Victor/Farmington Rotary Club for his dedication to the safety of his community.