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 in the Onondaga County Justice Center, 555 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. Participants may be subjected to a security check.
2. V.I.P. meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, EXCEPT in July. Participants are recommended to confirm dates to avoid potential conflicts related to a recognized Holiday.
3. Participants are asked to arrive by 6:15 p.m. and have a seat in the lobby until the V.I.P. is announced. Participants will then be escorted to the panel location as a group. Late arrivals will not be admitted. Participants are asked to use the public lavatory prior to class.
4. There are no public restrooms available during the panel participation. Participants are required to use the public restroom on the first floor before and/or after attending sessions (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
5. A $25.00 fee will be collected by the VIP facilitator at the time of sign-in. Cash or certified check or money order payable to Onondaga County STOP DWI is acceptable. Personal Checks are NOT accepted.
5. Sessions last a minimum of 1.5 hours beginning after the facilitator has registered all eligible individuals.
6. Participants are responsible for bringing a pen to complete paperwork. Certificates of Attendance will be handed-out to each participant upon the completion of the session.
V.I.P. MAYBE CANCELLED WHEN ONONDAGA COUNTY ISSUES A STATE OF EMERGENCY WARNING AND ROADS ARE CLOSED.
To sign-up for V.I.P. 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 for the V.I.P. Schedule
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.
- The Project Responsibility class is held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Justice Center, 555 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. Participants may be subjected to a security check.
- Participants are asked to arrive by 8:50 a.m., and have a seat in the lobby inside the Visitor’s Entrance until Project Responsibility is announced.
- There are no public restrooms available during the class. Participants are required to use the public restroom on the first floor before and/or after attending the class.
- A $100.00 admission fee in the form of cash or a certified check/money order made payable to Onondaga County STOP-DWI will be collected by the Project Responsibility facilitator. Personal Checks are NOT accepted.
- Participants are responsible for bringing a pen to complete paperwork. A Certificate of Completion will be handed out at the end of the class.
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 http://trafficsafetyresearch.com/training-services/.