Yates County

Sheriff Ron Spike

227 Main Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
United States


VICTIM IMPACT PANEL - Linda Wright, DID-VIP Coordinator  Billboard-Vehicle%202020.jpg

DATES:  Wednesday April 27, 2022

TIME:      7:00pm (please arrive early for Check in)

 PLACE: Yates County Auditorium, 417 Liberty St, Penn Yan 14527

 Check-in begins 45 minutes prior to the start of the panel session.  A breath test will be administered upon entry.  No smoking, drinking or eating 15 minutes prior to check-in due to breath test.

  • No one under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be allowed to attend the program.
  • If you are late you WILL NOT be admitted
  • Friends or family members driving you to the panel session may also attend the session.
  • The panel session will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
  • You are required to bring only this form and photo identification with you.
  • You are encouraged to leave purses, handbags, backpacks, pocketknives, sharp instruments and weapons at home or in your vehicle as they will be surrendered to security upon check-in.
  • Please do not bring any food or drinks.

Rescheduling is not permitted except in the case of extreme emergency.  In that case, please contact the court from which the order was given to gain authorization to reschedule.


(Pictured left to right)  Breath Analysis Operator C.O. Neil Freeland; PYPD Officer Kathryn Zebrowski; PYPD Officer Derek Chisom; Breath Analysis Operator Sgt. C.O. Antonia Gridley; Deputy Sheriff Chad Betts; and Deputy Sheriff Seth Skelly

The STOP program is pleased to make an Award of Merit to the above officers for their leading in 2018 DWI arrests and related enforcement activities for their agencies, as well as to the Breath Analysis Officers for their leading in the number of chemical tests conducted.

According to Sheriff Ron Spike, the county STOP DWI Coordinator “STOP-DWI stands for Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Impaired, and thee program empowers counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and drug related traffic crashes.” The programs is self-sustaining because it does not use taxpayer budget funds, but is funded entirely by Yates County offender fines.

Additionally the program in part funds law enforcement equipment and overtime, district attorney staff, probation dept., school based counselors, rehabilitation programs, prevention advertising and the victims impact panels and speakers.

There were 85 DWI related arrests in Yates County in 2018. Arrests have declined since the 123 made in 2012. In 2018, the average age was 35. The average BAC was 0.15% and the highest BAC was 0.31%. There were 55 males and 30 females charged.

“The work of all local law enforcement officers to reduce related crashes, promoting DWI prevention and the programs coordination of police, prosecution, probation, rehabilitation, public information, education and administration keeps u on mission,” said Sheriff Spike.