Sheriff Clay Whittle is pleased to introduce the ST.O.P.P.E.D. program, a parental notification system developed by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office in New York. This program will hopefully reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents.
Over 3,000 drivers between 16 and 21 years of age die in the United States each year as a result of car crashes.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office offers parents this voluntary notification system to assist them in watching their young drivers and to raise awareness for drivers under the age of 21.
How ST.O.P.P.E.D. Works
Parents voluntarily register with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.
When you register, you receive an identification decal that you will affix to the rear window of each registered vehicle.
If for any reason one of the registered vehicles, when operated by a driver under the age of 21, is stopped by the Sheriff's Office, the Deputy will complete a notification card providing the following information:
Time and location of the stop
Driver's name and number of passengers
Reason for the stop
Whether any traffic citations were issued.
Notifications will be mailed directly to parents to make them aware of potential problems and enable them to enforce any parental rules that often coexist with teenage driving privileges.
If you wish to register for the voluntary program, you can do the following: