Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers (STOPPED)

Sheriff Kevin M. Henderson is pleased to introduce the STOPPED program - a parental notification system developed by the Ontario County Sheriff's Office to help reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents. The Ontario 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.

Accident Statistics

  • Annually, more than 3,000 drivers between 16-21 years old die in the United States as a result of car crashes.
  • In Ontario County, young drivers represent 14% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 15% of all drivers involved in personal injury automobile accidents.

How it Works
  1. Parents voluntarily register with the Ontario County Sheriff's Office any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.
  2. An identification decal is issued and affixed to the windshield of each registered vehicle.
  3. If for any reason the registered vehicle (when operated by a driver under the age of 21) is stopped by sheriff's deputies, the officer will complete a notification card providing the following information:
    • Any traffic tickets issued
    • Driver's name
    • Number of passengers
    • Reason for the stop
    • Time and location of stop
  4. Notification 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.