2008 Safest Year in STOP DWI Program History

(BINGHAMTON, NY) After reviewing local highway safety statistics, 2008 represents the safest year in Broome County since the inception of the STOP-DWI Program in 1981. A total of six people died on Broome County roadways last year and only one of which was caused by impaired driving.  Unfortunately, that case involved the death of Officer Aldo Rossi of the Port Dickinson Police Department.

“The Broome County STOP DWI program continues to be successful in educating community members about the dangerous consequences associated with drinking and driving,” said Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “STOP DWI Coordinator James May should be applauded for his continued work to deliver this important public message and the positive impact it has proven to have on our community.”  

“Broome County has made significant progress in the effort to combat impaired driving,” said James May Broome County STOP DWI Coordinator and Chairman of the STOP-DWI Association of New York. “We have seen a steady decline in alcohol related fatalities following the start of the STOP DWI program in Brome County.”

During the 1980's on average 13 people died each year due to drunk driving. In the 1990's, the annual average declined to 5 per year. Since 2000, Broome County has averaged 3 DWI fatalities each year.

Similarly, 2008 marks a dramatic decline in total highway fatalities in Broome County. During the 1990's an average of 19 people were killed each year on Broome County roadways. From 2000 to 2007 Broome County averaged 17 highway deaths per year. In 2008, 6 people were killed in highway crashes.

For more information about BC STOP DWI please visit: www.bcstopdwi.com.



02/05/2009 - 4:37pm