"Drinking and driving starts with the first drink."
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STOP-DWI stands for "Special Traffic Option Program for Driving While Intoxicated." The STOP-DWI program was enacted by the State Legislature in 1981 for the purposes of empowering counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related crashes within the context of a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining statewide alcohol and highway safety program.
The STOP-DWI legislation permits each of the state's counties to establish a county STOP-DWI Program which qualifies the county for the return of all fines collected for alcohol or other drug related traffic offenses occurring in its jurisdiction.
Report drunk/drugged driving by dialing: 911
Report underage drinking by dialing: 1-866-863-3721 (Confidential)
For more information, contact Michele James at 315-386-2207.
Alcohol & Drugs Impair Driving
All aspects of the body and skills are affected when drinking alcohol: brain, nervous system, judgment, coordination, movement, speeh, hearing, and eye sight. Alcohol and certain drugs are depressants. Reaction time is drastically slowed. Coordination and judgment is impaired. Vision and speech become blurred.
Since a teen's brain is still developing, alcohol has a greater effect than on an adult brain. Drinking alcohol before the brain is finished developing (in thier early 20's) causes damage to areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory, which could contribute to poor performance at shcool or work.
There are over 150 prescription and over-the-counter medications on the market that should not be mixed with alcohol. Antihistamines and alcohol will increase drowsiness, making driving or operating machinery even more dangerous. Over-the-counter drugs such as cold and cough medicines, antihistamines, nausea or motion sickness medications, pain relievers, decongestants, and diurtics can cause drowsiness and dizziness that can impair a driver's skills and reflexes.
Tranquilizers, sedatives, and sleeping pills slow down the central nervous system causing drowsiness and reduced reation time, and impairing the ability to concentrate.
Click on links in the table below to obtain statistics and other information about the STOP- DWI program and visit the related links.
For answers to these and other alcohol-related questions, please click on STOP-DWI.ORG
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Child Passenger Protection Act (VTL §1192.2a (b))
Leandra's Law is named after Leandra Rosado, an eleven year old girl who was killed in a car crash after the driver, who had allegedly been drinking for several hours prior to the crash, lost control of her vehicle on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Leandra's Law, which became effective December 18, 2009, sets some of the toughest DWI provisions in the country. Under Leandra's Law:
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