Pictured: (L-R) Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, STOP DWI Coordinator Sgt. Matt White, Hamilton Police Chief Shawn Stassi, University Dodge staff & technicians; STOP DWI prevention education specialist, Jen Cottet, and HACC Program Coordinator, Melissa Cassulis.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Hamilton Area Community Coalition is partnering with Hamilton's University Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership to promote safe driving and reduce drunk and impaired driving in communities.
In 2019, Hamilton Area Community Coalition and University Dodge partnered with Madison County STOP DWI to raise awareness regarding DWIs. This year the successful campaign was expanded to include NYE Ford in Oneida. Both dealerships will dedicate the month of April to drunk and impaired driving awareness. The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the local police departments are showing their support by continuing to crackdown on DWIs.
As a part of the campaign, the dealerships will give each person who buys a car STOP DWI giveaways to remind the new owner of the dangers of drunk and impaired driving. For each car serviced throughout the month, customers will receive a STOP DWI promotional item as a reminder to continue their safe driving practices.
"What better place to promote safe driving and raise awareness about drunk and impaired driving than through our dealerships, where people are servicing their cars. We are proud to collaborate with the dealerships and bring this to our community,” says Sgt. Matthew White, STOP DWI Coordinator of Madison County.
STOP DWI NY is a state-wide program that is managed locally by STOP DWI Coordinator, Sergeant Matthew White, of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, through BRiDGES. The mission of STOP DWI is to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related crashes, to promote DWI prevention as a public priority, and to coordinate local efforts in law enforcement, prosecution, probation, rehabilitation, public information, education, and administration.
Numerous resources are available for safe practices including the “Have A Plan” app, Lyft, Uber, or calling a friend if you need assistance. Think before you drink and remember it’s the law not to drive under the influence. For more information and resources related to drunk driving, visit STOP DWI Madison County’s Facebook page or stopdwi.org.