Washington County

Undersheriff John Winchell

399 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
United States


Warren/Washington Victim Impact Panel http://www.co.washington.ny.us/260/Victim-Impact-Panel

Washington County STOP-DWI hosted a STOP-DWI Grant Funded training:  John Kwasnoski’s “Courtroom Testimony”.  Officers from Albany, Saratoga, Herkimer, Warren and Washington Counties were in attendance. Thank you to my fellow coordinators for sending your officers to this worthwhile training.  Also thank you to 1st ADA Morris for his time this morning and adding viewpoint from the Prosecution.





On Friday, January 18, 2019, multiple Agencies from across the State of Vermont and New York focused on a saturation patrol focusing on areas where traffic is often heavy and crash data is prevalent.


The participating Agencies were:


Vermont State Police – Rutland

Vermont State Police – Shaftsbury

Vermont State Police - Bethel

Bennington Police Department

Woodstock Police Department

Rutland City Police Department

Castleton Police Department

Fair Haven Police Department

Rutland County Sheriff's Department

Vergennes Police Department

Addison County Sheriff's Department

New York State Police Granville

Washington County NY Sheriff’s Department


This enforcement was focused on the area of Route 4 and Route 22A across the borders, with the goal of providing consistent enforcement over an area of roughly one hundred miles on a  busy Friday night before the long Martin Luther King Weekend.  Route 7 from Bennington to Addison County was covered by our law enforcement partners listed above.


Studies show that driving behavior changes for roughly five hundred to one thousand feet after seeing a law enforcement Officer and then drivers return to their normal driving habits of speeding, using electronic devices, aggressive driving and failing to mover over for emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Once people feel there is no law enforcement presence, they tend to exhibit poor driving behaviors that are not consistent with the law.  Therefore the hope is that seeing so many Law Enforcement Officers out along the busy Route 4 and Route 7 corridor will significantly change the behaviors of the motoring public. The goal of the enforcement was to reach beyond State and County lines.    


No one enjoys receiving a ticket, but Law Enforcement Officers would much rather write a ticket to save a life than deliver a tragic death notification.


During the enforcement, the following actions were taken by the two States:


265 Vehicles Stopped

3 DUI Arrests

2 Criminal DLS arrest

I Felony Possession Marijuana

1 Impeding Law Enforcement Officer

1 Aggravated Assault Law Enforcement Officer

1 Resisting Arrest

1 Assault Protected Worker

1 Attempting to Elude

1 Felon in Possession of Weapon

1 Excessive Speed Arrest

98 Speeding Violations

5 Portable Electronic Device

5 People Operating Under Civil Suspension

3 Seat Belt Violations

1 Child Restraint Violation

1 Fail to Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

5 Preliminary Screenings for DUI

3 Searches for Narcotics


This enforcement event provided consistent enforcement to let people know driving is a full time job. We don’t need any more senseless fatalities on our highways and the motoring public can make a difference. Vermont and other States are working towards zero deaths on our highways and you can be part of the solution.


Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Don’t Speed

Don’t be a distracted driver

Wear your seat belt

Move over for emergency vehicles

Halloween 2018 Enforcement Crackdown

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On May 25, 2018, between 1600 and 2330 hours, Troopers from the Rutland Barracks participated in a Cross Border/ Joint Agency Traffic Enforcement Detail and Sobriety Check Point.  Vermont State Troopers joined forces with the New York State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Fairhaven Police Department to conduct a highly visible traffic enforcement detail.

The goal of the operation was to encourage safe driving behavior during the upcoming holiday by focusing on speed enforcement, use of portable electronic devices/ distracted driving laws, proactive criminal enforcement and DUI enforcement.  

While on patrol, Law Enforcement Officers from the above agencies initiated 101 traffic stops, writing 44 tickets and 66 warnings.  1 operator was arrested for DUI, several others were brought through Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s), but were found to be under the legal limit of .08% BAC.  2 other individuals were arrested for drug offenses. 

During the Sobriety Check Point, Law Enforcement Officers made contact with 122 vehicles.  1 operator was arrested for DUI, several others were brought through standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s), but were found to be under the legal limit of .08% BAC.  Several other motorists were found to have been designated drivers.

The Vermont State Police plan to continue joint traffic enforcement details with other agencies in the future. 


2018 St. Patrick's Day Crackdown -

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Washington County Fair - 2017