New York State Police issued 12,169 tickets and arrested nearly 240 people for drunk driving this Memorial Day weekend as part of the STOP-DWI traffic enforcement period. The crackdown, which targeted impaired and dangerous drivers, took place between May 26 and May 29.
As part of the enforcement, state police issued 3,599 tickets for speeding, 290 tickets distracted driving, 2,312 tickets for seatbelt violations, and 218 tickets for ‘Move Over’ law violations. State Troopers also arrested 237 people for DWI and investigated 146 crashes which resulted in 190 injuries.
This year’s enforcement saw a slight uptick in activity as compared to last year. In 2016, troopers arrested 224 people for drinking and driving, and issued 11,946 tickets.
In New York, a person is considered to be legally drunk if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. A DWI conviction can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000. If a driver has a BAC of 0.18 percent or higher, the charge becomes aggravated driving while intoxicated and fines go up to as much as $2,000. A conviction could also require you to install a $700 vehicle interlock device or attend a victim impact program.
It is essential that you retain an attorney if you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI enforcement campaign. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket attorneys who have handled many cases involving alcohol-related infractions in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.