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Franklin County


Craig Collette


355 West Main Street, Suite 241
MaloneNY 12953





Franklin County Stop-DWI had a fun day at SUNY Canton at their Safety Day event yesterday. We got to meet, speak and laugh with several students and staff. Thank you Mental Health counselor James Sheppard for the invite and hospitality.

Saranac Lake High School held its Safety Day yesterday March 16th. Special thanks to Driver’s Education teacher Marla McGinnis for the invite. Franklin County Stop-DWI was able to provide its Impaired Driving Simulator (IDS), Pedal Car and Impaired Driving Goggles to the event. Thank you to Ms. McGinnis for all your hard work, the work of your students and the assistance from Saranac Lake Police Officer Beebe.

“Franklin County STOP-DWI, in conjunction with the Franklin County Prevention Task Force, recently provided Laura Stack’s presentation, Cannabis Legalization: The Dangerous Truth, for 6 local high school and 2 local communities.  You can read more about Laura and her son, Johnny at https://johnnysambassadors.org/

Franklin County STOP-DWI and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police co-sponsored the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training in Akwesasne today and tomorrow. 14 Officers from Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Saranac Lake and St. Regis Mohawk Tribal police departments are attending. Special thanks to Chief Matt Rourke for proving us with this exceptional venue.”   (3/22/22)

Franklin County STOP-DWI spent the morning at St. Regis Falls High School with Jacy Good and Steve Johnson. Thank you, Principal Corey Flynn and Prevention Specialist Mary White, for hosting us. What a great group of students and outstanding presentation! 

Franklin County STOP-DWI, in cooperation with Saranac Lake High School Health Teacher Katie Alexanian and Principal Joshua Dann, set up our “Information Station” at the high school yesterday. Thank you both for your assistance with this project.

Franklin County STOP-DWI placed one of it’s “Information Stations” up at the Franklin County DMV this morning. Special thanks to Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw for making this happen.

 “Franklin County STOP-DWI and Brushton-Moira PTSO cosponsored motivational speaker Jared Campbell at BMC School yesterday. Impaired driving prevention was part of Jared’s topics to the students through music and motivational story telling.”

9-24-18  Great training day with an outstanding instructor at Paul Smith’s College today. Thank you Gary Bulinski for all the knowledge you shared with us today at the R.I.P. training. We had a full house and a wonderful venue thanks to the staff at P.S.C. but we have come to expect nothing less from this wonderful group of professionals.

9-22-18  Thanks to all who stopped by, said hello and drove the Impaired Driving Simulator at Paul Smith’s College Campus Safety Day yesterday. We had a fun day and met a lot of great people. Thank you Director Holly Parker and Officer Matt Collette for inviting us to your event.

On Saturday March 31, 2018, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police conducted a multi-law enforcement agency Safety DWI sobriety, safety check point detail in Franklin County, New York. Participating in the detail were Environmental Conservation Officers Chris Lagree and Jennifer Okonuk, Forest Rangers Scott Sabo and Dave Russell along with New York State Police, New York Park Police and Franklin County Sheriffs.

During the stationary portion of the detail the officers checked over 200 vehicles and issued over 40 tickets for safety violations.  The Officers arrested three individuals for aggravated DWI with two individuals that had a Blood Alcohol content over .2 %.  

 “Thank you to STOP-DWI New York and Jermaine Galloway for an outstanding day of eye opening training at Paul Smith’s College on September 26th. And thank you to the more than 100 people who made the trip and endured the the heat of this uncommonly warm Fall day.”

(April 28, 2017)

“For the last three weeks the Franklin County STOP-DWI’s I.D.S. (Impaired Driving Simulator) has been put through the paces at the Tupper Lake High School by North Star Prevention Specialist Wendy Cross. Thank you Wendy for all your hard work with the project and for inviting us there. If you would like the I.D.S. at your school or event call us at 483-2399.”

Franklin County STOP-DWI recently held it’s Impaired Driving Prevention Poster Contest at Tupper Lake High School. The contest was co-sponsored by the Tupper Lake S.A.D.D. chapter and was held during the first three weeks of February. On March 28th Casey O’Connor’s entry was chosen as our winner by Tupper Lake School Staff. Casey received a certificate of achievement and a $50 check supplied by the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office. These funds came from drug seizure money. We would like to thank all who entered and congratulate Casey on her third consecutive winning entry. Your work is outstanding!

Franklin County STOP-DWI was at Tupper Lake High School yesterday delivering and setting up the I.D.S. (Impaired Driving Simulator). Over the next few weeks we will be using it along with the Tupper Lake S.A.D.D. group and the driver’s education instructor. Speak with S.A.D.D. Advisor Wendy Cross to learn more.

Franklin County STOP-DWI, in conjunction with the Malone Village Police and the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board, held an Underage Buyer Detail in the Village of Malone last Friday evening. In this detail we have an underage buyer attempt to purchase alcohol from local stores that sell alcohol products. We are very happy to announce that for the fourth consecutive detail no stores in the Village of Malone sold alcohol to our underage buyer. Great work to all the clerks who continue to help keep alcohol out of the hands of our underage youths.

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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.