STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated.” The STOP-DWI program was created by the New York State Legislature in 1981 for the purposes of empowering counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug related traffic crashes within the context of a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.

The STOP-DWI legislation permits each of the State’s 62 counties to establish a county STOP-DWI program which, in turn, will qualify the county for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug related traffic offenses occurring within its jurisdiction. Each county is given broad discretion in the direction of its program. The “local option” concept set forth by the Legislature merely requires that the program address alcohol and highway safety issues and be non-duplicative of related ongoing efforts.

Although the development and implementation of the STOP-DWI program rests with the counties, the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles is charged with the task of approving the county plans prior to the expenditure of STOP-DWI monies and submitting periodic evaluations of the program to the Governor and the State Legislature.

Victim Impact Panel (V.I.P.)

1. V.I.P. is held online through a Zoom meeting.  Participants must create a Zoom account or can dial by phone and listen to the presentation.

2. V.I.P. meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.  You MUST register for the class date you want to take.  If you do not show, you will be refunded and you will be responsible for registering again for the class date you would like to take.  Registration for classes is closed at noon on the day of class.

3. Participants are asked to be logged in by 6:00 p.m.  All participants must stay online throughout the entire presentation to receive credit.  A report is run, and the Facilitator is able to take attendance by the minute.  A feedback survey will be given at the end of the class, and will be required to receive your certificate.

4.  A $40.00 fee will be due at the time of registration. Payment by credit card, prepaid card, or PayPal are acceptable. You will be emailed the link to join the presentation after you pay/register.

5.  Participants will need to email a photo ID, or an item with name (work badge, birth certificate, copy of bill, etc.) to when you register.

6.  Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to each eligible participant within ten (10) days of the session.  If you need the certificate mailed to you, please email with your address.

*NOTE:  VIP is cancelled ONLY when Onondaga County issues a state of emergency.  You will receive an email if it is cancelled.  If you miss the class you paid/registered for, you will need to register for another class.  REFUNDS ARE NOT GIVEN.

For more information call PREVENTION NETWORK at (315) 471-1359
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Click here for more information about V.I.P. or to register for a class.

Project Responsibility

Project Responsibility is a four-hour class presented by Traffic Safety Research.  It has a prosecution, law enforcement, and educational component. The class teaches underage offenders and those charged with providing alcoholic beverages to minors, the possible consequences associated with their actions.

There are two types of individuals commonly referred to Project Responsibility. The first is anyone under the age of 21 who has been charged with any of the following offenses: Unlawful Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage or Unlawful Possession of Marijuana; Possession of a Fake or Fictitious License; or anyone who is under 25 years of age charged with DWI or DWAI.  The second typical referral is any adult charged with providing alcoholic beverages to minors at a private residence.

Classes are now being held virtually. 

To sign-up for Project Responsibility call TRAFFIC SAFETY RESEARCH at
(315) 750-0035, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Persons who are charged with selling alcohol to minors from a licensed commercial establishment are advised to attend a Responsible Server Training Class which is also provided by Traffic Safety Research.

For the Project Responsibility class schedule or for more information about Project Responsibility or the Responsible Server Training Class go to