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STOP-DWI program takes major hit in Ontario County

Changes are coming to Ontario County’s STOP DWI program.

They may not be good changes, either. The program is now in the hands of Ontario County Public Health.

Officials deemed the move necessary due to budget constraints.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Sue Cirencione, who resigned Jan. 17 as the county’s STOP-DWI program administrator over the county’s decision. “I believe it impacts traffic safety.”

Supervisors voted unanimously to abolish the STOP-DWI program administrator position. The board appointed county Public Health Director Mary Beer to lead the effort moving forward.

“The resources are still there, but there’s a lack of manpower to do the work or people with the knowledge,” Cirencione added.

For Sheriff Kevin Henderson it means he doesn’t have an officer focused solely on DWI arrests. “I don’t have enough staffing for just DWI,” he said.



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