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.

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 code will be given randomly during the presentation, and will be required to enter on the certificate survey form.

4.  A $35.00 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 upload a photo ID, and are responsible for completing the VIP survey at the end of the presentation.  If the survey is not completed, the participant will not receive a certificate.  Directions on how to complete the survey will be provided during the presentation.

6.  Certificates of Attendance will be mailed to each eligible participant within ten (10) days of the session along with a receipt of payment.

*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 contact Prevention Network to reschedule.

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

Click here for more information about V.I.P. or for the V.I.P. Schedule

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