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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









                 2017  Victim Impact Panel Schedule 

              January 5, 19                       July 6, 20               

              February 2, 16                     August 3, 17         

              March 2, 16                         September 7, 21

              April 6, 20                            October 5, 19

              May 4, 18                             November 2, 16

              June 1, 15                             December 7, 21




Victim Impact Panel (VIP):


1. Is held in the Onondaga County Justice Center, 555 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, thus participants maybe subject to a random security check.


2. 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 Victim Impact Panel 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. 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 STOP DWI Program 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.




For more information and to sign-up call PREVENTION NETWORK, 315-471-1359 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Project Responsibility is a four (4) hour education class presented by Traffic Safety Research.  It has a prosecution, law enforcement, and educational component.  During Project Responsibility, both underage offenders and those charged with providing them alcohol, learn about the possible consequences of their actions relative to the consumption and the supplying of alcohol to minors.


Generally, there are two types of individuals who take Project Responsibility.  First, anyone under the age of 21 charged with an alcohol related offense.  For example:  ABC violations under 21, VTL509.6 (forged or fictitious license), DWI- under the age of 25, and other appropriate charges involving underage people and alcohol/drugs.  Second, anyone charged with either permitting or providing alcohol to a minor.  For example:  P.L. 260.20 and 260.10 cases.  An example would be a person who provides alcohol to minors at a house party.  (However, please note that defendants charged with selling alcohol to minors from a store or other commercial establishment will be referred to the Responsible Server Training Class also offered by Traffic Safety Research.) Project Responsibility is scheduled from 9am-1pm at the Justice Center located at 555 S. State St. in Syracuse, NY 13202 on the following dates: 


2017 Project Responsibility Dates

January 4th                     July 5th                      October 4th

March 1st                      August 2nd                 December 6th

May 3rd                         September 6th                         



Please call Traffic Safety Research at 315-329-9199 Ext. 2. to reserve a seat in a Project Responsibility Class.