More Money to STOP-DWI

By Matt Porter

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County announces more funding aimed at preventing DWI related accidents.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder and County Executive Debbie Preston introduced a $23,712 grant to increase patrols and checkpoints for DWIs.

"It is my mission and the mission of Broome County STOP-DWI to stop those who drink from getting behind the wheel in the first place," said Preston.

"We all strive to do the best job we can to eliminate driving while intoxicated," said Harder, "And that's just part of it."

The money is coming from the Broome County STOP-DWI program.

It's funded through fines collected by DWI arrests.

Broome County makes more than 700 arrests on average each year. 300 to 400 are thanks to increased patrols by STOP-DWI.

The money will benefit state, county, and municipal police.

Three people died last year in alcohol related accidents.