State and local law enforcement have announced the start of the annual holiday DWI enforcement campaign. Police will be stepping up the use of both marked and unmarked vehicles through Tuesday, Jan. 1 as part of the STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown. Officers are also conducting DWI stops at various locations statewide. In addition to being mindful of those driving drunk, police will also be on the lookout for instances of speeding, illegal cell phone use, and other traffic infractions.
Last month, police issued more than 15,000 tickets statewide during the Thanksgiving DWI crackdown. Among those, more than 700 were for cell phone or texting violations. In addition, 215 people were arrested for DWI; only one involved a fatality.
Throughout December last year, police charged 2,820 drivers with impaired driving offenses (impaired driving includes operating while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both). This is almost 5% more than December of 2016—an unusual jump given that overall impaired driving tickets declined 2.3% from 2016 to 2017. The total number of impaired driving-related accidents declined in NY, continuing a multi-year trend in the state. Drug- and alcohol-related crashes dipped 0.34%, from 9,208 in 2016 to 9,177 in 2017.
Drivers who want to avoid driving while intoxicated can get help from a free app. The “Have A Plan” app offers assistance in getting a taxi, organizing designated drivers, and providing helpful information about driving under the influence.
A DWI charge is one of the most serious things a driver can be charged with. A conviction can result in a fine of up to $1,000, as well as up to one year in jail and sometimes a suspended license. Drunk driving can also increase auto insurance premiums significantly; in the worst-case scenario, drivers can even be dropped by their insurance carrier altogether.
If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown, contact an attorney right away to protect your rights. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket and DWI defense attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-883-5529 for a free consultation about your case.