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Government of Erie County, New York


Erie County STOP-DWI Office
45 Elm Street Room 233
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 858-6291
(716) 858-8566 (fax)

John F. Sullivan
Project Coordinator

Daniel Herberger
Training Coordinator
(716) 858-6138

LuAnn Palma-Smith
Public Relations Coordinator
(716) 858-6637

For Students

Welcome to the Erie County STOP DWI website. You can use this site to assist you in your term or project paper. It will give you pertinent information in regard to facts concerning alcohol consumption and how it affects your ability to drive. It will also give you current Erie County DWI arrest data.


One third of the traffic fatalities in New York State involved impaired or intoxicated drivers.


An increased Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) equals an increased risk of a crash. A driver with a BAC of 0.08 is four times as likely to cause a crash as a driver who has not been drinking. A driver with a BAC of 0.16 is 25 times as likely to cause a crash.


Young drivers are at the highest risk of all of being in an alcohol related crash. Drivers 20 years old and younger are 3 times as likely to be involved in an alcohol related fatal crash.

Alcohol is alcohol is alcohol.

It does not matter whether the beverage of choice is beer, wine, a wine cooler, a cocktail, or a mixed drink. What matters is only one thing: the amount of alcohol in the drink.

Standard serving sizes of all alcohol beverages listed below are equal in alcohol strength and in their effect on the body. They all contain the same amount of alcohol.

1 cocktail (1½ oz. of 80-proof spirits)
1 regular beer (12 oz.)
1 glass wine 5 oz.
1 wine/malt or spirit-based cooler (12 oz.)
1 glass sherry or port (3 oz.)
1 strong beer/malt liquor (9 oz.)

Click here to calculate your BAC