BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- State lawmakers are looking to crack down on impaired driving.
On Friday, officials announced $1.6 million in funding to support STOP-DWI programs across the state.
In Broome County, alcohol-related DWIs have been trending down.
But, because STOP-DWI programs are funded through paid fines, the area is dealing with a loss of revenue.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and State Senator Fred Akshar are now working on legislation that would allow fines to be collected ahead of other fees collected by the state.
Currently, fees and surcharges are collected first, resulting in most fines going unpaid.
"We think it's very important that when fines are assessed, they go to where they belong," said Lupardo. "DWI program is very, very important at this time, not only for drunk driving, but we're now referring to this generally as impaired driving."
Broome County is set to receive $27,500 of the funding.
Part of that will be used for an education campaign, informing the community about the dangers of driving while under the influence of any type of drug.
The funding will also be used to support Broome County's probation department to provide alcohol screenings.