Under the direction of Planning and Development, the STOP-DWI Program provides contractual funding to municipal and county law enforcement agencies to conduct dedicated impaired driving enforcement patrols, coordinated/directed impaired driving enforcement details/checkpoints targeting specific crackdown periods/dates, and Drug Recognition Expert callouts.
Funding is allocated to county and municipal law enforcement agencies. Participating agencies include: the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office; Cities of Beacon and Poughkeepsie; Towns of East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, and Poughkeepsie; Villages of Fishkill, Millerton, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Wappingers Falls.
County STOP-DWI Programs are the only mechanism to secure project funding. These programs also provide proactive enforcement- resulting in the reduction of impaired driving crashes and related injuries.
Under the direction of Planning and Development, the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board (DCTSB) prepares and administers annual law enforcement and injury prevention block grant projects funded through the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The block grants, Buckle Up New York (BUNY) and the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), focus on seat belt compliance and targeted/directed traffic enforcement respectively.
The Traffic Safety Board also receives funding and administers a Child Passenger Safety injury prevention block grant as part of the Dutchess County Child Passenger Safety Coalition. The DCTSB coordinates regional technician certification trainings, seat check events, awareness presentations, as well as the purchase/distribution of related safety materials, car seats to eleven (11) fitting stations (Police Departments/Fire Districts) throughout the county.
Agencies involved with the Traffic Safety Board include the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office; Cities of Beacon and Poughkeepsie; Towns of East Fishkill, Fishkill, Hyde Park, and Poughkeepsie; Villages of Fishkill, Millerton, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Wappingers Falls, and the Beekman, Fairview, New Hackensack and Pleasant Valley Fire Districts.
Participation in the DCTSB initiatives enhances the ability of local law enforcement to proactively enforce NYS vehicle and traffic laws in a coordinated effort aimed at reducing crashes and related injuries, and improving the safety of children.