The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Program

The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Program
. is aimed at reducing the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes. The acronym stands for Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers.

The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program consists of two major components. The first is a registration program aimed at parents to help keep them aware of their child’s driving activities. The second part of the program is aimed at educating the young drivers directly through both lecture and innovative hands on activity.  For more information on driver safety, visit our Teen Driver Safety page.

The S.T.O.P.P.E.D registration program works as follows:

Parents voluntarily register with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.

An identification decal is issued and affixed to the windshield of each registered vehicle.

If for any reason the registered vehicle, when operated by a driver under the age of 21, is stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies, the officer will complete a notification card providing the following information: time/location of the stop, driver’s name and the number of passengers, reason for stop and whether any traffic tickets were issued.

Notification will then be mailed/emailed directly to parents to make them aware of potential problems and enable them to enforce any parental rules that often coexist with teen-age driving privileges.

The second preventive aspect of the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program is an educational component aimed at teaching young drivers the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol. It will be offered by specially trained Sheriff’s Office personnel and is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee NYS (GTSC ) .

Impairment Simulation Driving Carts

Impairment Simulation Driving Carts
The Sheriff’s Office has impairment simulation driving carts, funded through a grant. The office has three driving carts along with simulated DWI impairment goggles.

First, specially trained Sheriff’s Office personnel perform a brief 20 minute presentation on DWI laws in New York State. Then the participants drive through an obstacle course twice; once without the simulated DWI impairment goggles, and then with the goggles.

This program is recommended for youth 16 or older that are in drivers education programs or preparing to drive in the near future.

For more information call 631-852-3763 or

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