Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Is Pleased To Announce Additional State Funding For Stop DWI Program

Posted September 9, 2014

The Grant Will Provide Over $41,000 To Six Different Local Towns

Kingston, NY - Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is pleased to announce that the Ulster County Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) has been awarded a New YorkState grant totaling more than $41,000 to participate in the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation Crackdown Enforcement Program.  The grant is funded through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and will be dispersed among police agencies in the Towns of Ulster, Saugerties, New Paltz, Marlborough and the Village of Ellenville, as well as the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department.  The funds will allow higher visibility enforcement efforts during eight increased risk periods: Halloween, Thanksgiving, the Holiday Season, the Super Bowl, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

“Drinking and driving is a serious offense that puts everyone on the road in danger,” said County Executive Hein. “UlsterCounty’s STOP-DWI has effectively educated drivers about the consequences associated with driving while intoxicated. I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Traffic Safety Committee for providing these grant funds which will allow us to ensure that law enforcement has the tools necessary to keep UlsterCounty motorists safe.” 

“Through the support of County Executive Hein and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, we have been able to educate drivers, parents, and those who serve alcohol of the consequences of drinking and driving,” said Melanie Mullins, Ulster County Probation Director/STOP-DWI Coordinator. “This grant also allows us to provide additional enforcement during these eight identified risk periods by increasing patrols by police agencies in an effort to protect the community.”

The NYS STOP-DWI was created by the State Legislature in 1981. Funding for the program is generated from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers. The NYS STOP-DWI program is the first and only self-sustaining impaired driver program in the nation.

The Ulster County STOP-DWI Hotline is 845-340-3448 and additional information can be found at http://ulstercountyny.gov/probation/stop-dwi.