Franklin county receives STOP-DWI grant

Franklin, Essex, and St. Lawrence counties will each receive $22,500 to battle drunk and drugged driving. The Governor’s Traffice Safety Committee all total is handing out $1.6 million to counties statewide. The money will go toward the local STOP-DWI campaigns. The state has seen some success with reducing impaired drivers. The number of fatal crashes involving drunk drivers has dropped from 330 in 2011 to 247 in 2016 and the number of tickets issued to drunk drivers has declined over that same time period as well. But at the same time, the numbers of drugged drivers is rising. That’s why the Traffic Safety Committee is now training officers to become drug recognition experts, who’re better able to tell whose on drugs.