STOP DWI Madison County
Have a Plan. Don't Drive. Get a Ride.

BRiDGES has operated the prevention education component of the Madison County Sheriff's Office STOP DWI program since 2013. In this role we coordinate SADD conferences across the county, provide ID Check Guides to on and off premise establishments, and partner with Madison County businesses to make events safer for our community.

Safe Selling Practices

The STOP DWI Program is committed to reducing the number of lives impacted by impaired driving because each of us care about the people in our community. We recognize the establishments who spend tireless hours producing products, planning events, and building a customer base and acknowledge adults can consume alcohol responsibly. We also cannot ignore the fact that alcohol creates significant issues in our community when it is not used responsibly.

 

Alcohol continues to be identified as the drug most frequently used by respondents on the Teen Assessment Project Survey in 2018. Forty two percent of all youth who responded reported having had a drink of alcohol, which is an increase from 36% in 2014. As in 2014, females reported this behavior at a slightly higher percentage (40%) than did males (43%).

 

With 216 DWI offenses in Madison County in 2019, we are dedicated to changing the landscape of drinking behavior in our County to keep people safe. As an establishment owner, server, community event planner, and/or citizen you can help us to do so! Please follow the link below to access a toolkit that was compiled by the Garrett County Health Department.

http://knowdrinking.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Community-Event-Toolkit-for-Alcohol-Management-Revised-February-2020-pdf.pdf

 

This toolkit consists of research-based best practices. It will assist community event planners with safety suggestions that will better ensure a positive community festival and event experience as well as help to reduce over-consumption.

 

We encourage event planners to implement these best practices as your time and resources permit.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Cottet, at BRiDGES, at (315) 697-3947.

Community Outreach

STOP DWI Madison County is always seeking creative ways to spread awareness and education through events.

WMCR Interviews STOP DWI

Sgt. Matthew White, STOP DWI Coordinator, and Jennifer Cottet, STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist were invited in by WMCR for a radio interview. Jen and Sgt. White talked about the serious issues related to driving impaired and how it pertains to Madison County. Statistics concerning driving while impaired in our area are discussed as well as how law enforcement agencies work together to crackdown on DWIs at peak times. Jen also talks about various outreach efforts in the community she has organized to raise awareness.
Click on the photo to hear the interview
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2nd Annual STOP DWI Puck Drop with the Morrisville Mustangs

In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and impaired driving, SUNY Morrisville men’s ice hockey team partnered with Madison County’s STOP DWI Program for the second year in a row and dedicated the night to the cause.

 

The game started with a ceremonial puck drop to honor Kane Buss, a 2013 graduate of Oneida High School was killed by a drunk driver in January 2015. Buss was an aspiring law enforcement student.

 

Dalton Buss, Kane’s brother, was accompanied by Mike and Claudette Buss, his fiancé Morgan Simmons, extended family, and close friends to honor him throughout the night. Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood, Sergeant Matthew White, Chief of University Police Paul Field, SUNY Morrisville President David Rogers, and Jackson Peters escorted Dalton to the ice.

 

As supporters entered the game, they were given a stress ball hockey puck with the STOP DWI logo, provided by the STOP DWI program as a reminder not to drive under the influence. There was a great deal of support for the Mustangs and the Buss family from the crowd of more than 250, which families from 4H, student athletes, parents of players, Boy Scouts, law enforcement, and community members.

 

During the first intermission fans were selected to enter the ice to participate in a puck shoot with the “fatal vision” goggles—blurred-vision eyewear that demonstrated how impairment by drugs or alcohol affects a driver’s ability. Throughout the night, fans were reminded through PSAs to not drive under the influence and to always have a plan to get home safe.

 

To end the night, all were welcome to skate with the team and get autographs from the players on the team photograph. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the event to see the team come together with the community for such an important cause,” said STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet. “The joy on everyone’s face is a true reflection of why nobody should take the risk of getting behind the wheel impaired.”

Trooper Knapp and K9 Scotty

Trooper Knapp and K9 Scotty

At Chittenango High School

At Chittenango HS

At Chittenango HS

Trooper Knapp presenting about the dangers of using alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, and/or other drugs

Trooper Knapp & K9 Scotty

Trooper Knapp & K9 Scotty

Chittenango Fall Festival 2019

Chittenango Fall Festival 2019

Utica Comets 2019

Utica Comets 2019

2019 Puck Drop

2019 Puck Drop

Comets vs. Crunch 2019

Comets vs. Crunch 2019

SUNY Morrisville 2019

SUNY Morrisville 2019

Ice Cream with the University Police

SUNY Morrisville 2019

SUNY Morrisville 2019

Ice Cream with University Police

SUNY Morrisville 2019

SUNY Morrisville 2019

Karen Torres - 2019

Karen Torres - 2019

As an advocate speaker Karen Torres travels all over to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Torres shared her story with Stockbridge Valley High School, Canastota High School, and Holy Cross Academy students in hopes to impact their decisions to be more positive.

Youth Leadership Conference 2019

Youth Leadership Conference 2019

Marianne Angelillo Cazenovia HS 2019

Marianne Angelillo Cazenovia HS 2019

Marianne Angelillo speaks about her personal story of losing her son to a drunk driving crash at Cazenovia and DeRuyter High School. Angelillo also spoke at a parent's night open to the public hosted by Cazenovia High School in an effort to raise awareness for their responsibility in guiding their children in making positive choices.

Chittenango High School Panel 2019

Chittenango High School Panel 2019

Chittenango High School Panel 2019

Stockbridge Panel 2019

Stockbridge Panel 2019

Stockbridge Panel 2019

NYE FORD GROUP

NYE FORD GROUP

Partnering with NYE for Alcohol Awareness Month - April 2019

Jaws of life are better on the truck

Jaws of life are better on the truck

HIPSTIR BETTER BREW

HIPSTIR BETTER BREW

Choose a Better Brew

ONEIDA CITY PD

ONEIDA CITY PD

DRIVE HIGH 420

DRIVE HIGH 420

Hockey Game Morrisville

Hockey Game Morrisville

February 2019

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

Madison County Sheriff Hood, Herkimer County Legislator Jim Bono, Oneida County Probation Director Dave Tomidy escorted Dalton Buss to the ice for the official puck drop.

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

In honor of Kane Buss, Audie shares a ride with the Buss family on the 'hot rod' zamboni.

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

Utica Comets vs. Laval Rockets

The Buss Family along with Madison County Sheriff Hood & Sergeant White.

SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville

Educational table at the Ice Cream with University Police event.

SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville

Ice cream with the University Police event.

SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville

Ice cream with the University Police event.

SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville

Mock sobriety field test at the Ice Cream with the University Police event.

SADD Conference 2018

SADD Conference 2018

Sergeant White kicks off the conference by addressing the importance of leadership and driving sober.

SADD Conference 2018

SADD Conference 2018

Sheriff Hood encouraged the students to be leaders in their communities and stressed the importance of avoiding the use of drugs and alcohol. He reminded the students that 'One life taken is one too many'.

SADD Conference 2018

SADD Conference 2018

Harriet Turk presents her keynote speech, 'Just Be... Responsible'.

Race Night in Hamilton

Race Night in Hamilton

Promoting healthy families through Sergeant Janczuk's racing mission.

Race Night at Hamilton

Race Night at Hamilton

STOP DWI Madison County's Prevention Education Specialist with members of Law Enforcement.

First Responders Night

First Responders Night

Acknowledging Hamilton's First Responders. Kids had the opportunity to sign a banner to say Thank You and interact with Law Enforcement, EMTs, and Firemen.

First Responders Night

First Responders Night

Red Ribbon Week in Hamilton

Red Ribbon Week in Hamilton

Tom Varano puts his emotion into art at Hamilton Central School District.

Old Home Days

Old Home Days

Educated attendees of Old Home Days about the consequences of drinking and driving.

ID Scanner

BRiDGES has an ID Scanner available free for loan to community organizations, bars and restaurants that host events where alcohol is served.  Call today to reserve the scanner for your event: 315-697-3947

Programs

The Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) revolutionizes classroom-based prevention by changing students’ beliefs about the effects of alcohol and reducing the quantity and frequency of alcohol use – in only 1 classroom session lasting just 50-90 minutes depending on grade level. The ALC is available in 5 age appropriate lessons for students in 5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, high school & college, as well as for parents who want to teach this groundbreaking prevention strategy to their children.
The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is a brief classroom-based prevention program that specifically and systematically challenges student’s beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. It is designed to alter alcohol expectancies and reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol use among high school and college students. 

The ALC is currently being offered in these schools: 

  • Cazenovia

  • Hamilton

  • Madison-Oneida BOCES Access Site

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is an organization that strives to empower young people to successfully confront the risks of pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. This is accomplished by supporting the network of student run chapters in schools that are focused on peer-to-peer education. There are currently active SADD groups at the following Madison County Schools: Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, DeRuyter, Hamilton, Holy Cross, Madison, Oneida, and Stockbridge. 

As part of a community-wide effort to provide the best training and services for you and your employees, we invite you to participate in TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures).  TIPS is the industry leader in alcohol server training and now offers the best online training available to the hospitality industry!

We believe better employee training can help reduce the number of alcohol related emergency room visits, police incidents, and emergency response requests in our community.  Please join with us in our effort to keep Madison County a safe and healthy community!

One Life Taken Is One Too Many.