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Please join the STOPPED Program and
partner with The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
in promoting young driver safety.

Sheriff Tom Mills is pleased to invite you to participate in The Delaware County Sherriff's Office STOPPED Program.

The STOPPED Program is a parental notification program originally developed by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in Syracuse New York. The intent of the program is to reduce the number of youthful drivers involved in auto accidents.  Annually over 3,000 drivers between sixteen and twenty-one years of age die in the United States as a result of car crashes.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office offers parents this voluntary notification system to extend their watchful eyes and raise the awareness of drivers under the age of 21.

How it works
Parents voluntarily register with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.

What then
An identification decal is issued and affixed to the windshield of each registered vehicle.

What to expect
If for any reason the registered vehicle, when operated by a driver under the age of 21, is stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies, the deputy will complete a notification card providing the following information:

  • Time and location of stop

  • Driver’s Name and the number of passengers

  • Reason for the stop

  • Whether any traffic tickets 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.