ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to protect funding for New York’s program against drunk driving.
Schumer said drunken driving related deaths are steadily increasing and more must be done to keep the roads safe. Schumer is worried because the program states use to fight drunk driving could lose its funding very soon.
Schumer said New York gets $7 million for the STOP DWI campaign. That money goes toward education, sobriety checkpoints, public service announcements and more.
Schumer said the state will not receive any money and the program would likely die if the federal money is cut.
“The program is getting caught up in the highway bill,” he explained. “As you know, there’s a big fight now to extend the highway bill; how to pay for it, and this program is sacred. It’s had no controversy. It’s not very expensive, and it’s effective. That’s a rarity for a government program.”
The government has until the end of July to sort things out.