(Hauppauge, New York-September 28, 2012) Today, County Executive Bellone announced that Suffolk County’s STOP-DWI program has been awarded $180,000 competitive grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Suffolk County’s STOP-DWI Program received the largest grant in New York State. These funds will assist the County in increasing DWI patrols on projected high volume DWI days.
I thank Governor Cuomo and the Traffic Safety Committee for finding Suffolk County’s program worthy of receiving this grant,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “This additional funding will help to ensure safe traverse on Suffolk County roads without additional costs to Suffolk County residents.”
Suffolk County’s STOP-DWI is a comprehensive program designed specifically to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries in Suffolk County. Since 2010, there have been 13,000 DWI arrests through increased enforcement. The Suffolk County STOP-DWI program ensures swift and certain prosecution, sound and cost effective rehabilitation, tough probation, and public information and education campaigns.