Steuben Co. STOP-DWI to get additional funds
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) - The STOP-DWI Program of Steuben County will continue unabated through 2024 and receive additional funds that will be allocated to the county Sheriff’s Office.
The County Legislature approved additional funds of $16,500 for the STOP-DWI program. The STOP-DWI Program is a statewide initiative designed to empower counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes. It is entirely funded from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers.
These funds are going to be used for the “Emilee’s Challenge” Trailer. This trailer, donated by State Farm, educates high school students on the dangers of distracted driving, drinking and driving, and riding with intoxicated/impaired drivers.
“Emilee’s Challenge” trailer memorializes two fatal incidents that occurred in 2019. One of which took the life of the woman who the trailer is named after, Emilee Rawleigh. Emilee was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an accident where the driver was distracted. The second incident killed four out of five occupants in the vehicle and was the result of alcohol and excessive speed.