DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and State Senator Fred Akshar announced a bipartisan funding plan to combat impaired driving in the Southern Tier.
They say $1.6 million will be divided among New York counties, with Broome County receiving $27,500 of that. The amount per county was determined by the number of licensed drivers in each county.
The money will go toward battling drunk and drugged driving with more patrols, checkpoints, prosecution, and public awareness campaigns.
"We're going to really focus on the drug-impaired driving. A lot of people pick drugs other than alcohol because they don't think that'll affect their driving," said Broome County STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion. "Alcohol is a drug, it affects the body, and it affects your driving. Other drugs affect your body in different ways, and they also affect your driving."
Lawmakers are also working on legislation that allows fines from impaired driving offenses to be collected ahead of other fees and surcharges collected by the state.
Those fines would then go back to supporting STOP-DWI programs statewide.