New York’s Drinking Driving Program

Carl Militello has worked in public education for over 30 years, a career which has included roles as superintendent of schools in four separate districts. In addition, Carl Militello has served as an assistant professor with the New York State Drinking Driving Program at Erie Community College in Buffalo.

New York State drivers convicted of an alcohol- or illegal substance-related driving violation face having their license revoked for a period of time commensurate with the offense. However, certain drivers may qualify for a conditional license in order to take part in the New York State Drinking Driver Program (DDP).

The DDP is designed to reduce the annual number of vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities caused by drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Students in the class are educated in the dangers of driving under the influence through multimedia presentations, discussions, and interactive lessons. Participants are screened to determine whether they have a substance-abuse problem or could have one in the near future. Upon completion of the program, participants may be eligible to resume driving privileges.

Getting Involved with Literacy West NY, Inc.

Carl Militello is an educational professional who has taught in a variety of settings and held the title of superintendent of schools in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York. He volunteers as an adult literacy tutor.

Literacy West NY, Inc., is an organization that strives to increase literacy and the quality of life of residents in Allegany and Wyoming counties in New York. The organization offers free one-on-one and group instruction provided by volunteers.

Volunteering with the group can be very rewarding. Literacy West NY is always looking for new volunteers, and it accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must complete a 12-hour training module and commit to meeting with their students at least two hours a week while completing monthly assessments and progress reports on their students. The organization accommodates the schedules of the tutor and the students, making the volunteering commitment flexible. Tutors and students meet in convenient settings, such as the public library. Volunteer tutors benefit from continual and knowledgeable support from the professional staff at Literacy West.