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February 1, 2013

Clinton County STOP-DWI gears up for big game


For December 2012, State Police, University Police and the Sheriff’s Department made 27 arrests related to impaired driving whether by alcohol or drugs, according to Clinton County STOP-DWI.

Joining Mercier on the Clinton County STOP-DWI volunteer advisory board are Wylie, Clinton County Probation Director David Marcoux, Clinton County Mental Health and Addiction Services Coordinator Stacey Beebie, Cpl. Levi Ritter of the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Lt. Thomas Sullivan of the University Police, Lt. Paul Rissetto of the Sheriff’s Department.

Board volunteers are Gregory Martin, Shirley Parent, Harry Sanborn, Bernie Phaneuf, Rick Hazen, Connie Harrica, Sandra Lashua, Chris Dumont, Nancy Monette, Glenn Pavone and Stacey Beebie. Each volunteer represents a different legislative area in Clinton County.

The board’s next meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. STOP-DWI meetings are open to the public.

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PENALTIES FOR DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED IN NEW YORK STATE A first offense DWI or driving while ability impaired by a drug (DWAI), a misdemeanor, can garner up to a year in jail and ignition interlock. For first offense DWI there is a six-month license revocation and for a first offense DWAI by a drug there is a six-month license suspension. A second offense DWI within 10 years of the first offense, a felony, can result in up to four years in jail with one year of ignition interlock. Penalties differ for driving while impaired by combined alcohol and drugs; aggravated driving while intoxicated; and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child. The cost of a drunken driving conviction for first-time offenders ranges from $5,595 to $9,140, according to STOP-DWI New York. Charges range from $10 to $3,000 and are incurred from costs associated with towing, car storage, defense attorney fees, bail fee, DWI fine, state surcharges, ignition interlock fee, a separate interlock fee, alcohol evaluation, Victim Impact Panel fee, probation supervision, conditional license, drinking driver program, Department of Motor Vehicles civil penalty, DWI license reinstation, DMV suspension termination, auto insurance increases and an assessment, which is done every three years. For more information on STOP-DWI, go to

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