Driving While Impaired (DWI) Courts

Overview

Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol poses serious dangers to drivers, their passengers, and members of the public. The New York State Courts continue to dedicate significant resources to support the Driving While Impaired Courts (DWI), which ensure that individuals who drive while impaired are held accountable for their actions.

The Unified Court System, in partnership with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, has played a key role in this endeavor. Since 2014, the Office of Policy and Planning has partnered annually with the UCS Office of Justice Court Support, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of Criminal Justice Services, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to conduct regional training programs designed to educate judges and court personnel on how best to preside over DWI cases.

These programs are designed to ensure timely judicial intervention, consistency of sentencing, and diversion to programs to treat alcohol abuse and/or substance abuse where appropriate, all with the goal of preventing injuries and deaths.

 

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Contact Us

For further information about DWI Courts, or if you would like to schedule a court visit, please contact the Office of Policy and Planning at opp@nycourts.gov.