Office of the Sheriff
P.O. Box 16 - North Court Street, Bldg. #7
Wampsville, NY 13163
2018 Victim Impact Panel Schedule
*Pre-registration IS required. Please call (315) 697-3947 to register for the VIP.
*Participants will be breathalyzed upon arrival.
*Participants must bring a money order for $20, payable to “Madison County Treasurer” and a picture ID, such as a license, passport, etc.
*Participants will be given proof of attendance at the end of the panel provided they are in attendance for the entire time.
If you cannot come for the time you are registered, please call ahead of time so we can fill your spot as space is limited. Please call (315) 697-3947 with any questions or email VIP Administrator Debbie Cassidy at email@example.com
Sign In Starts at 5:00 p.m. Panel is 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and is held at BRiDGES, Chase Bldg. 112 Farrier Ave. Suite 314 Oneida, NY
Oneida, N.Y. — Sixty high school students from all over Madison County came together on Friday, Oct. 5, to the annual SADD Conference, sponsored by Madison County STOP DWI. Madison County was represented by student leaders from Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, DeRuyter, Holy Cross, Madison, Oneida, and Stockbridge.
National Speaker Harriet Turk presented the keynote speech, “Just Be A Resource”, where she focused on teen issues. She empowered each student by challenging their negative thoughts of self-value. She reminded each student that they are not only valuable, but can make a difference in the lives of their peers.
“I am somebody special, if you don’t like me, tough," Turk said, as students took up the chant. "Cause I am cool enough, smooth enough, and doggone it, I am hot enough to be who I want to be."
Students were given the opportunity to rotate around the Kallet Theater and do hands-on activities they can implement in their school. Each activity focused on educating and preventing peers from using alcohol and other drugs. The students and advisors were given resources to do these activities in their schools and communities. Some stations included: chalk the walk; cups in the fence; and airing out tobacco and alcohol’s dirty laundry.
Representing the Sheriff’s Office, STOP DWI Coordinator Sgt. Matt White opened the day with welcoming remarks. Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood also attended the conference and spoke to the students briefly about his experiences regarding underage drinking and DWIs. Hood reminded them they are important and encouraged them to take what they learned back to their schools.
“The conference’s primary purpose was to empower students to be a resource, friendly, kind, and a role model”, said Jennifer Cottet, a prevention education specialist for BRiDGES-Madison County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Inc. Reality Check provided a T-shirt for every student and advisor present with the message “Just Be.”
As a sector for the Hamilton Area Community Coalition and sponsor of Sgt. Matt Janczuk's race car, STOP DWI was represented Hamilton Open Greens night. Sectors of the coalition came together to represent the coalition's mission, to empower youth, parents and the community to work together and reduce the impact of substance abuse in the Hamilton, NY. Children were given a "pit pass" with activities on it to complete before winning a prize. Activities included taking the drug-free pledge, answering trivia questions, and meeting Sgt. Matt Janczuk or Sgt. Matt White. After they completed the pit pass, the children were given the opportunity to pick out a prize.
STOP DWI Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, partnered with the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango for the Brewfest. Vendors from around the country were represented and food was provided by Texas Roadhouse along with pizza from a various places. As an effort to prevent underage drinking, ID scanners were used to check IDs at the entrance. Each person received a wrist bracelet, red or yellow, which informed the vendors who could be served. Banners hung throughout the Wild Animal Park with the "STOP DWI. Have A Plan." message to remind those who attended. Prevention Education Specialist, Jennifer Cottet, set up a table and raffled off a free day pass to the Wild for those who took the pledge to drive sober and/or had a plan to get home through a designated driver or Uber/Lyft.
As a sector for the Hamilton Area Community Coalition, a booth was set up in Hamilton for First Responders Night. Children were given the opportunity to interact with First Responders including law enforcement officers, fire fighters, campus security, and EMS. They were given the chance to spin the wheel at the STOP DWI table and answer trivia questions about how First Responders help keep their community safe along with tracing their hands on a banner to thank them for their efforts. Parents and young drivers took the pledge to drive sober and were given STOP DWI lanyards and pens for doing so.