Broome County Stop DWI coordinator Chris Marion says if there is something good to come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the lockdown this spring has kept people off the road, resulting in a marked reduction in drunk driving crashes and fatalities.

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Marion says, while that also means a reduction in the DWI fines that go toward prevention education and other programs, the STOP DWI program is continuing to teach about making smart choices.

Marion says the program is still using its regular media campaigns around holidays and other traditional problem drinking days to stress the dangers of impaired and distracted driving .  

School education is also continuing in the fall but is going to be conducted via electronic devices in classrooms instead of in-person presentations this year.  

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On a separate note, Chris Marion is the General Manager of the Forum Theater and soon-to-be Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena.  

He’s our guest Saturday, September 5 on the weekly, local public affairs program,  Southern Tier Close Up to talk about the new sale of the naming rights for the Arena to the Visions Federal Credit Union, the sponsorship of the box offices by Mirabito and what that means for attracting new live acts to Binghamton.  Southern Tier Close Up airs Saturday at 12:04 p.m. and anytime on the WNBF podcast.