[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 2-7-2006 by L.L. No. 14-2006 (Ch. 169 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that § 1197 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law authorized the County to establish a Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated, known popularly as the "STOP-DWI" program.
This Legislature further determines that the establishment of this program has reduced alcohol-related traffic injuries and fatalities by providing a plan for coordination of County, town, city and village efforts.
This Legislature also determines that the County's STOP-DWI program, presently administered through the County Executive's office, would operate more effectively and efficiently as a division within the County's Probation Department.
Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to establish the Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated ("STOP-DWI") as a division within the County's Probation Department.
The Suffolk County Special Traffic Options Program ("STOP-DWI") is hereby established as a division within the Department of Probation. Pursuant to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1197, this division shall be headed by a Coordinator designated by the County Executive.
The STOP-DWI Division and its Coordinator shall act in accordance with, and carry out all duties imposed by, New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1197, which include:
Formulating a special traffic options program for driving while intoxicated and coordinating efforts of interested parties and agencies engaged in alcohol traffic safety, law enforcement, adjudication, rehabilitation and preventative education.
Receiving proposals from County, town, city or village agencies or nongovernmental groups for activities related to alcohol traffic safety and submitting them to the County Legislature, together with a recommendation for funding of the activity if deemed appropriate.
Cooperating with and assisting local officials within the County in the formulation and execution of alcohol traffic safety programs, including enforcement, adjudication, rehabilitation and education.
Studying alcohol traffic safety problems and recommending to the appropriate legislative bodies, departments or commissions such changes in rules, orders, regulations and existing law as may be advisable.
Promoting alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety education for drivers.
Obtaining and assembling data on alcohol-related accident arrests, convictions and accidents and analyzing, studying, and consolidating such data for educational, research and informational purposes.
Section 226-2 of this chapter shall apply to actions occurring on or after January 1, 2006.