Westchester DWI program for women turns 1

Today’s story about the first class of women to graduate from Forward Motion, a county program for female drunken driving offenders, referred to the rising numbers of women on probation in Westchester County. However, there has been roughly 10 times as many men on probation for DWI, and their numbers are rising as well. Some statistics from the Westchester Department of Probation:

Year          Men       Women

  • 2005:      1,530        146
  • 2006:      1,585        147
  • 2007:      1,743        173
  • 2008:      1,826       199
  • 2009:      1,913        217
  • 2010:      2,077       234

So what’s behind the rise? Crackdowns by state and local police, for one. Also, probation officers are now supervising people NOT on probation but who have court-ordered ignition interlock devices to prevent them from driving.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.