TRAFFIC SAFETY DAY
Saturday, May 12, 2012
10:00am - 4:00pm
Rotterdam Square Mall
The Schenectady County Stop DWI Program and Traffic Safety Board are sponsoring “Traffic Safety Day”
on Saturday May 12, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Rotterdam Square Mall, 93 West Campbell Road in the Town of Rotterdam. Schenectady County’s Local Police Agencies will be represented conducting demonstrations and distributing educational materials relevant to traffic safety issues including distracted driving, child safety seats and motorcycle safety. Operation Safe Child IDs will be provided free of cost and come meet the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.
A Community Effort
The STOP-DWI Program is funded by fines paid by people convicted of Driving While Intoxicated. What is STOP DWI?
In 1981, New York State enacted legislation which established the Special Traffic Options Programs for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI). Specifically, the legislation permits an established county STOP-DWI program to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses occurring in its jurisdiction. Each county appoints a STOP-DWI Coordinator, whose duties include the development of a program and the coordination of efforts by agencies involved in alcohol and highway safety. The “local option” concept set forth by the Legislature allows each program to ultimately reflect the unique qualities and needs of the specific county.HOW DOES STOP-DWI BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
Under the direction of a Steering Committee, Schenectady County has established a comprehensive county-wide plan to reduce impaired driving and related problems. Key components of the plan include law enforcement, prosecution, probation, prevention/education, rehabilitation and public information. Through these coordinated efforts with the enforcement agencies, county departments, school districts, human service organizations and local businesses, awareness of the issues has increased. Impaired drivers are being removed from our local roadways and their cases are being given the necessary priority with appropriate and consistent penalties imposed upon conviction.
Specific activities are outlined in the annual Schenectady County STOP-DWI Plan