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Ontario ranks No. 1 again in DWI prosecutions

Ontario County is once again tops in the state when it comes to prosecution of driving while intoxicated offenses.

The county, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, had a 93.38 percent conviction rate for 2016, nearly 14 percent higher than second-place Yates County. In fact, Ontario County has been No. 1 in prosecuting DWI offenses every year since 1994, according to the report, with the exception of 2007 when Yates County took the top spot and Ontario came in second.

“Yates County nosed us out one year,” said Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo. “But, if you look at those numbers, the Finger Lakes Region is by the far the safest region in the state when it comes to DWI. It’s very gratifying to see. From talking to the DAs in other counties, I know that all of them take this very seriously, as well.”

Half of the 14 counties in the DMV’s Finger Lakes Region scored in the top 10 with Yates County in second place; Seneca, third; Wayne, fifth; Schuyler, sixth; Livingston, seventh; and Monroe, eighth.

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Watch DA Micheal Tantillo discuss his career and DWI prosecution in the video player below:

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