Traffic Safety Board to review procedures for spending DWI funds

PLYMOUTH – The procedures for spending approximately $120,000 in revenues collected annually from Chenango County’s drunk driving convictions will be changed, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard B. Decker, R-N. Norwich.

The board chairman met recently with a New York State Division of Motor Vehicles Traffic Safety Committee representative to review local complaints lodged in January that the funds were being used inappropriately.

Among other discrepancies, Town of Plymouth Supervisor Jerry L. Kreiner and other local town justices charged that Stop DWI funds were being used to reward repeat offenders who graduated from the Chenango County Drug Treatment Court, for fireworks displays, for Traffic Safety Board restaurant lunches, and without adequate reporting.

“The fireworks and watches for graduates, that’ll stop,” said Decker. “Stop DWI money won’t work to support these activities because they are not 100 percent drunk driver-related. Not all of the drug court graduates are DWI repeat offenders, though 80 percent of them are.”

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