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March 12, 2013

STOP DWI tackles new initiatives

PLATTSBURGH — Ads featuring a grim reaper, sickle and tombstone will appear on Clinton County Public Transportation buses later this month.

“If you drink and drive, your name could go here,” the slogan says.

That’s one Clinton County STOP-DWI initiative so far this year — others include support for state legislation that would crack down on underage drinking and more education for the public.

At a recent meeting of the STOP-DWI Advisory Board, members talked statistics, including 691 driving-while-intoxicated arrests for ages 17 through 73 in Clinton County last year.

Forty-seven of those arrests were of young people ages 17 through 20 — 87.2 percent of them were men.

As well, committee data showed:

▶ 13 were arrested for DWI in January, by either the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, State Police or SUNY Plattsburgh University Police.

▶ The Clinton County Probation Department was supervising 227 DWI cases; 120 felonies and 107 misdemeanors.

▶ In January, $3,837.77 in DWI fine money was collected in Clinton County.

▶ A Leandra’s Law (Child Passenger Protection Act) conditional discharge was in effect for 205 Clinton County residents; 50 of them have to use Ignition Interlock.

▶ Clinton County Mental Health and Addiction Services was treating 104 clients, and 72 were enrolled in pre-admission.

SADD PROGRAM FUNDS

As of the Feb. 21 meeting, five local schools had applied for STOP-DWI awards of $375, available to those that have Students Against Destructive Decisions Program (SADD) programs: Chazy Central Rural School; AuSable Valley, Northeastern Clinton, Northern Adirondack and Saranac central schools. 

The money is available to any Clinton County school that has a SADD group.

As well, all high schools in the county had applied for $1,000 in funding for a nonalcoholic after-prom party as of the Advisory Board’s deadline, except for Seton Academy. Principal Sister Helen Hermann told STOP-DWI the students did not wish to have a party.

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