According to statistics recently released by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, Broome County has one of the highest DWI conviction rates in the state, second only to Seneca County. This success has been credited in part to funding provided by the STOP-DWI program. In 2015 alone, Broome County was given $361,000 to decrease the number of drunk driving incidents on the roads. The funds were partly generated from collected traffic ticket revenue.
The STOP-DWI program has allowed law enforcement to focus their efforts on limiting the number of DWI/DUIs in the county. Approximately 81 percent of cases tried in the county are charged to the full extent of the law and as a result, there has been a significant decrease in DUI-related injuries and fatalities in the past two decades.
District Attorney Gerard Mollen credits these low numbers to the enhanced funding and focus on DWI convictions.“The conviction rates we see are directly related to the high quality work of our local and state law-enforcement officers, who are on patrol day and night, detecting and arresting impaired drivers to keep our roads and highways safe,” said Mollen.
Binghamton University in Broome County is also aided by the STOP-DWI program funding. The campus’ police department (UPD) has been cracking down on impaired driving during peak holiday times at the university and as a result of the added enforcements, only 27 DWI arrests were made on campus last year.
A conviction for a DWI carries serious consequences, including fines of up to $1000, surcharge fees, possible jail time of up to 1 year, and license suspension. If you were charged with drunk driving (DUI/DWI) in Broome County or elsewhere in New York State, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law. Mr. Rosenblum has years of experience fighting traffic tickets, negotiating with prosecutors, and obtaining results. E-mail or call him at 888-815-3649.