About Stop DWI


  • Reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes
  • To promote DWI prevention as a public priority
  • Coordinate local efforts in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Probation, Rehabilitation, Public Information, Education, and Administration.

The New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc[1]. is comprised of the duly-appointed STOP-DWI Coordinator of each county and the City of New York.  Individually and collectively, the coordinators carry out their statutory mandate to reduced the incidence of deaths and injuries caused by drunk and/or drug-impaired drivers through the development and administration of plans combining strategies for increased enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, probation, rehabilitation, education, and public information.    The Association provides a forum for the exchange of ideas as well as the creation, development and administration of new and innovative approaches for dealing with the drinking and/or drug-impaired driver. It also serves as a vehicle to advocate for public policy to further the goals of the NYS STOP-DWI Program -- a Statewide initiative funded wholly by fines collected from convicted drivers, and which has received Presidential and Congressional recognition for its innovative self-sufficient approach.

The Association acts as a resource to the county programs by providing a website and Facebook page as well as establishing list serves for county coordinators and county prosecutors to facilitate real-time communication regarding legal strategies and best practices.           

In addition our Association member dues help to provide school and community groups with cutting-edge educational materials through our website including a Vimeo channel with videos and public service announcements, Power Point presentations and access to the latest research in the field.           

Since its creation more than thirty years ago, the STOP-DWI Association has served as both an incubator and advocate for the collective development of new legislation, including the nation’s first ignition interlock law, aggravated DWI for high BAC offenders and those who drive drunk with children in the vehicle, permanent revocation for persistent offenders, increased levels of vehicular crimes, mandatory assessment and screening for certain offenders and many other amendments to State laws that have significantly increased the tools, penalties and sanctions available to address the multi-faceted problems and dangers presented by the drinking driver.  The Association’s current legislative agenda proposes significant changes to address the challenges of the drug-impaired drivers.

Finally, the STOP-DWI Association has established a Foundation, the purpose of which is to apply for, accept and distribute grants from any federal, state, municipal or private source or sources in order to provide additional funding to facilitate the purposes and goals of the STOP-DWI Program as set forth in the State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Since the enactment of the STOP-DWI Program in 1981, the chances of being killed by a drunk/impaired driver has been reduced by 70%.

The Association is a not for profit corporation organized pursuant to IRC 501 (c)(4); is registered with the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and is recognized by the New York State Association of Counties.

[1] Formerly, the New York State STOP-DWI Coordinators Association.


Association Executive Board:

Christina Hale (Orange) - Chairperson

Suzanne Cirencione (Ontario) - Vice- Chair

Robert Lighthall (Oswego) - Treasurer

Robert Richards (Niagara) - Secretary

Regional Chairs:

Thomas Giruzzi (Oneida) - Central Region

Christopher Mistron (Nassau) - Metro Region

William Johnson (Dutchess) - Mid-Hudson Region

Sheryl Hutton (Lewis) - North Country Region

Sheriff Barry Virts (Wayne) - Western Region

STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated”.

The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981

Empowers counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug related traffic crashes.
The Program functions as a financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.

STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers, no tax dollars are used.

Best in Country

New York State is recognized nationally as a leader in traffic safety and in particular for continual progress in reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.

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.