WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Department announced the launch of the new "Have A Plan" mobile application on Friday that includes features to help prevent impaired driving.

The application was developed by the Special Traffic Operations Program for DWI New York campaign and Staples Marketing through a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The application is available for Apple, Android and Windows devices and features the ability to preload a list of designated drivers, find a taxi cab via Global Positioning Satellite, a calculator for alcohol impairment, motor skills tests and a button that allows someone to report a "DWI," connecting the user to their local 911 service.

The mobile application also connects its users to STOP-DWI social media and DWI statistics. Many of the application’s features and tools can be used outside of the state of New York.

Washington County Undersheriff John Winchell said the "Have A Plan" application will be important in the state’s and county’s efforts to prevent impaired driving.

"I urge drivers to make advance plans to get a sober ride home from a friend, a taxi or by using public transportation," Winchell stated in a press release, "We want people to enjoy themselves, but we also want people to get home safely ... Don’t put yourself or others in harm’s way by driving while impaired.


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STOP-DWI was created by the state legislature in 1981 to give county governments the tools to coordinate alcohol and highway safety programs. For more information on STOP-DWI in Washington County, find it on Facebook, Twitter or online at www.stopdwi.org.