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5/03/13: Poloncarz Salutes Law Enforcement at STOP DWI Awards Breakfast


22nd Annual Event Recognizes 21 Erie County agencies, NYS Police, Others for Anti-DWI Efforts

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services John Glascott, Director of the Erie County STOP-DWI Office John Sullivan, and law enforcement officials from around the County and State at Kloc’s Blossom Grove in West Seneca to take part in the 22nd Annual STOP-DWI Awards Breakfast. The event recognizes and presents an award to an officer from each of Erie County’s 21 police agencies, including the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, SUNY Public Safety Departments, and two Divisions of the New York State Police, as well as the Erie County Probation Department. 

“Thanks to these officers and their efforts in the fight against DWI, Erie County’s roads are safer because drunken drivers have been removed from them,” said Poloncarz. “Every time law enforcement succeeds in removing one of these dangerous drivers, we know that one more accident won’t happen, that more lives won’t be shattered, and that a dangerous menace has been taken off the roads.  I want to commend and thank all of these officers for keeping all of us safer.”

Commissioner of Central Police Services John Glascott said, “When DWI laws are vigorously enforced and prosecuted, public safety is impacted and the streets are safer. When we fail to remove drunk drivers from the highways, individuals are impacted, families grieve, innocent people are injured, and our community as a whole suffers a loss.”

“It is an honor to welcome today’s Award winners and recognize the tremendous work they do. Law enforcement is always a difficult and dangerous job, and DWI enforcement, done under challenging circumstances with unpredictable suspects, is particularly so,” said STOP-DWI Director John Sullivan. “These officers are dedicated, persistent, and skilled at detecting and apprehending the drunken motorists that pose a threat to us all. We are sincerely grateful for what they do.”

The Erie County STOP-DWI program is a County government office charged with coordinating the County’s alcohol traffic safety (drunk driving) efforts. The program’s funding is derived solely from fine revenues collected from convicted drunken drivers in Erie County courts; there are NO tax dollars used in STOP-DWI projects.

For more information on the STOP-DWI program, visit    http://www.erie.gov/stopdwi/index.asp