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February 1, 2013

Clinton County STOP-DWI gears up for big game


The online training program educates employees on the legal responsibilities of serving alcohol, defines the types of illegal sales and gives information about checking IDs and documenting incidents, according to the TIPS website.

An underage drinking initiative is also planned for this year. Last year, underage operatives working with police attempted to use fake IDs at more than 20 retail establishments on April 28, Sept. 28 and Nov. 23. About five summons were issued for each sting.

Posting signs on behalf of law enforcement agencies in liquor stores informing those who are underage and are attempting to purchase alcohol that they will be prosecuted is being explored, Mercier said.


“A lot of our DWI cases have outstanding fines,” said Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie at the STOP-DWI board’s January meeting.

Wylie believes judges in some lower courts in the county may not be properly enforcing the payment of fines.

“It doesn’t go away,” he said of the charges.

The Clinton County Probation Department is currently supervising approximately 217 DWI cases, with 114 of them being felony cases.

Of those, three people are on electronic monitoring, one person is being monitored by a transdermal alcohol device and six people are enrolled on ignition interlock, according to the Clinton County Probation Department.

A transdermal alcohol device is an tamper-resistant ankle bracelet that monitors alcohol consumption.

Ignition interlock devices are equipped with recording devices that capture the number of times the vehicle was started or attempted to be started, the driver’s blood-alcohol content at the time an attempt was made to start the car and the duration the vehicle was driven during the monitoring period, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.


For all of 2012 in Clinton County, the Plattsburgh City Police Department reported 116 DWI arrests, four driving while ability impaired arrests and nine driving while ability impaired by drugs arrests.

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