John Gallo, STOP-DWI Coordinator
401 State Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-0052
Fax: 518-828-7213
Email: stopdwi@columbiacountyny.com

Holiday Season

While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year, in a combined effort to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State and STOP-DWI programs will be participating in special engagement efforts. The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign start on 12/13/2023 and will end on 1/1/2024.

HUDSON, NY – Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner announced today that Columbia County is part of a multi-county partnership to create safe drivers among teens. The Parent/Child Driving Partnership Initiative is a joint effort by Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties to provide parents and guardians with guidelines and resources to help their teens develop good driving habits. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds the initiative with a New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee grant.

This morning, the announcement was made during a bipartisan press conference led by Clerk Tanner at the Columbia County DMV Office in Hudson. Clerk Tanner was joined by Putnam County Youth Bureau’s Naomi Bowen, Deputy Commissioner of State DMV, Head of Field Investigations and Traffic Safety, Owen McShane, New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, and Columbia County colleagues including Columbia County Sheriff Don Krapf, Columbia County Youth Director Dan Grandinetti, Columbia County Stop DWI Coordinator John Gallo, and members of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Matt Murell.


The initiative involves a teen driving agreement that outlines the rules and expectations for teen drivers and their parents or guardians. The agreement covers seat belt use, speed limits, cell phone use, impaired driving, and passenger restrictions.



STOP-DWI New York has followed the “General Deterrence Model” in developing the foundation for our programs that are a statewide success.  The General Deterrence Model is best described as a method to get people not to do something.  The necessary prongs include:


Victim Impact Panel

For 2024 the Victim's Impact Panel will be held at the Columbia Greene Community College located at Columbia Greene Community College located at 4400 NY-23, Hudson, NY 12534, in the Professional Academic Center (PAC) ROOM 706. All panel attendees should park in A & B parking lot. 

Prior to attendance you must be scheduled by the court or make an appointment with this office. 

Attendees should arrive by 6:00 PM, Class begins PROMPTLY at 6:30 PM, and No one will be allowed in after 6:30 PM. 

See Victim Impact Panel page for dates and information.

Victim Impact Panel 

Ichabod Crane High School Mock Car crash 

for prom season

2022 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the law enforcement community nationwide during the 2022 holiday season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility enforcement impaired driving campaign, which runs from December 16, 2022, through January 1, 2023. NHTSA and Columbia County Law Enforcement are working tirelessly to spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving and to remind all drivers: If you plan to drink alcohol, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

Drunk Driving: The Sobering Statistics


The Cost of Drunk Driving

Plan for a Safe Celebration

Always remember to plan ahead when you will be celebrating with alcohol. If you plan to drink, make arrangements for a sober driver to take you home. Before you start celebrating this holiday season, look over these safety tips to keep you, your loved ones, and everyone else safe on the road.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over/holiday-season.