To develop and coordinate a comprehensive DWI counter-measure program to deter the incidence of drunk driving and the occurrence of alcohol related traffic injuries and fatalities.
STOP-DWI stands for "Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated". The STOP-DWI Program was enacted by the State Legislature in 1981 for the purposes of empowering county governments 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.
STOP-DWI funding is limited to enhancement programs which reduce the incidence of drunk driving. The program is supported entirely by the fines paid by people convicted of driving while intoxicated and from monthly supervision fees paid by people serving a sentence of probation as a result of their DWI conviction.
Victim Impact Panel (VIP)
The Sullivan County Stop DWI-Victim Impact Panel is located on the second floor of the Sullivan County Government Center in the Legislature Hearing Room, 100 North Street, Monticello New York 12701.
Panels are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, Bi-monthly, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The 2024 schedule of dates is as follows:
Date of VIP
JANUARY 16, 2024
MARCH 19, 2024
MAY 21, 2024
JULY 16, 2024
SEPTEMBER 17, 2024
NOVEMBER 19, 2024
Preliminary screening for all defendants (Alcohol and Drug) will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be administered by police agencies.
The program will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. and run for 1 ½ hours.
In order to attend a VIP you must be ordered to do so by a Village, Town or County Court.
In order to gain entrance to the VIP you must:
- Pay a CASH fee of $50.00 to the VIP at registration
- Rescheduling is not permitted
- You must be on time to be admitted
- The court will be notified of any failure to attend
- Persons attending must be at least 16 years old
- Disruptive behavior is not permitted
- Persons attending WILL BE TESTED for ALCOHOL or DRUGS (ZERO TOLERANCE)
- Persons testing positive for alcohol, and/or drugs will be denied admittance
Failure to comply with the program conditions will result in the Defendant’s being referred back to the sentencing court for re-sentencing.
Education and Public Awareness:
The Sullivan County STOP-DWI Program utilizes marked police vehicles and overtime patrols that are dedicated to DWI enforcement. Local police agencies conducting DWI patrols maintain a high visibility and participate in the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign.
The STOP DWI Program purchases specialized breath testing equipment and supplies for DWI enforcement.
The program supports specialized crash investigation and accident reconstruction efforts among Sullivan County's law enforcement agencies.
The Program also supports the Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Programs that help police officers identify the alcohol and/or drug impaired driver.
Funding is provided to the STOP-DWI Prosecution Program with the Sullivan County District Attorney's Office.
Funding is also provided to the STOP-DWI Probation Program with the Sullivan County Probation Department and the in-house drug testing program for DWI Probationers.