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St Lawrence County


Melissa Button


80 State Highway 310, Room 284
CantonNY 13617-1493





Victim Impact Program (VIP), St. Lawrence County offers the following:

  1. Motorists can take the opportunity to view VIP-type DVD(s) in our office (Canton, NY) in which we have created questions to answer.  It takes roughly 45 minutes to watch the video(s). (We change the video(s) periodically.)  Motorists are also given a booklet called “Shattered Lives which was produced by the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation that tells the stories of families from New York State who have been affected by driving while intoxicated/impaired crashes.  The written responses must be sent back to our office within a week’s time. No guests are allowed.  The person will need to schedule a time (by calling 315-386-2207) to come into our office at 80 State Highway 310, Room 236, Canton, NY  13617-1493.  Generally, we schedule Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm for the Victim Impact Program. Cost is $20.00.
  2. We offer an on-line option to view VIP video(s) but the motorist must have access to the internet and a computer (a tablet or smart phone may not work with this option) to complete the VIP from home.  The motorist will be watching two videos as well as reading stories from the “Shattered Lives” booklet which was produced by the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation. Questions have been written for both the video and booklet which the motorist must respond in writing. For further details, contact our office at 315-386-2207.  Cost is $20.00.

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Canton-Potsdam Hospital hosts 'Let’s Not Meet by Accident' event to instill safe driving ideas in students.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 6:02 am

Roxanne Cliff, EMT-B, Brent Faber, EMT-P, Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad

POTSDAM – Canton-Potsdam Hospital recently hosted a “Let’s Not Meet by Accident” event to instill in students some ideas about driving safely.

A total of 77 juniors from Potsdam High School visited CPH in morning and afternoon sessions for a program presented with St. Lawrence County STOP DWI.

Their visit began with listening to a recorded 911 call and a talk given by St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Caringi on what police see when first arriving at a crash site. They also watched a video on DWI presented by St. Lawrence County Stop DWI Program Coordinator Michele James.

In smaller groups, students then visited three stations: the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad conducted a first responder simulation with Emergency Medical Technicians Brent Faber, Roxanne Cliff, John Mitchell and Danny Parker; in the Emergency Department, a trauma simulation was conducted by Dr. Mark Healey and Kelly LeCuyer, RN; in the morgue, St. Lawrence County Coroner June Wood described how identification of remains, organ donation, and parent notification following a fatal accident is done.

CPH’s Dr. Mark Healey, MD, FACS, and Kelly LeCuyer RN, BSN, MSN

The students then met back in a conference room for a video on the effects of distracted and impaired driving.

“If we can prevent just one collision by making students aware of the dangers of impaired or distracted driving, then we have done our job and the program is worth it,” said Director James.

For more information on the Stop DWI Program, contact James at St. Lawrence County Special Programs, 315-386-2207.

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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.