• Reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes
  • To promote DWI prevention as a public priority
  • Coordinate local efforts in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Probation, Rehabilitation, Public Information, Education, and Administration.

The New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. was established to assist counties in carrying out the mandate of V&T 1197, enacted in 1981, to reduce the incidence of alcohol/drug-related crashes, and the deaths and injuries that result. It is comprised of the STOP-DWI Coordinator from each county and the City of New York.  The Association’s sole purpose is to represent the interests of County STOP-DWI programs on a statewide basis and to provide a mechanism for Coordinators to exchange ideas and collectively discuss and act upon mutual objectives and/or problems, develop innovative solutions and to advocate for public policy to further the goals of the NYS STOP-DWI Program that is funded wholly by fines collected from convicted drivers. This collaboration of enforcement, prosecution, education, public awareness and rehabilitation has resulted in significant progress in reducing alcohol/drug impaired driving, crashes, injuries and fatalities. In fact, New York State now boasts that the chances of being killed by a drunk/impaired driver has been reduced by 70%.

The Association is a not for profit corporation organized pursuant to IRC 501 (c) (4); is registered with the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and is recognized by the New York State Association of Counties.



Association Executive Board:

Suzanne Cirencione (Ontario) - Chairperson

Robert Richards (Niagara) - Co-Chair

Robert Lighthall (Oswego) - Treasurer

Tom Giruzzi (Oneida) - Secretary

Regional Chairs:

Colleen Grebleski (Chemung) - Central Region

Christopher Mistron (Nassau) - Metro Region

William Johnson (Dutchess) - Mid-Hudson Region

Sheryl Hutton (Lewis) - North Country Region

Sheriff Barry Virts (Wayne) - Western Region

STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated”.

The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981

Our program empowers counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug related traffic crashes.
The Program functions as a financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.

STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers, no tax dollars are used.

Our Model is the Best in the Country!

New York State is recognized nationally as a leader in traffic safety and in particular for continual progress in reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.

New York’s STOP-DWI program is the Nations’ first and, to date, only self-sustaining impaired driving program. Other States have implemented components of self-sufficiency, but none to the degree of New York State.