How should STOP DWI monies be spent?

PLYMOUTH – How Chenango County decides to spend the approximately $120,000 in revenues collected annually from drunk driving convictions is still under review.

Town of Plymouth Supervisor Jerry L. Kreiner said he learned in committee last month that the discrepancies and potential distribution violations he presented in January would be discussed in a meeting between Chenango County Board Chairman Richard B. Decker and a representative of the New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards.

“Jerry had some concerns that I felt needed to be answered. We are going to review the processes that the (Stop DWI) coordinator and the traffic board use to develop their budget and how they present it to the Safety and Rules Committee,” said Decker.

“I’m anxiously awaiting an invitation to that meeting,” said Kreiner.

Kreiner said nothing to his knowledge had transpired with the Stop DWI department or its funding policies since he first questioned them. As requested, he provided a detailed document listing his concerns, which included evidence that would preclude the Chenango County Traffic Safety Board from legislating the spending of drunk driving revenues. He further told the committee that Stop DWI’s charter mandates that its coordinator not be in law enforcement. The fact that some of the traffic board’s 15 members are retired and current police officers represents a conflict of interest, he said.

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