With the COVID-19 pandemic surging again nationwide, many Thanksgiving dinners will be smaller and more local this year. For those who do plan to drive this holiday, it is important to either be sober before getting behind the wheel or have a designated driver to get home safe.
With this in mind, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drinking and driving, as well as other traffic violations as part of the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI initiative. From Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29, police will be monitoring the roads in both marked and unmarked police vehicles on roadways throughout the state. Drivers should also expect to encounter DWI stops at various locations statewide.
Police in New York charged 2,672 drivers with DWI in November 2019, according to DMV data. This is slightly more than the previous November (2,610). Overall, instances of DWI fell from 2018 to 2019, from 34,022 to 33,433. Fatalities from drunk driving have fallen almost 20% since 2010.
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation also remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, as well as a way to report a suspected impaired driver.
Drivers who are convicted of DWI can face up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, and have their license revoked! If you or someone you love has been charged with DWI/DUI or any other traffic violation as part of the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI initiative, contact an attorney right away for help. The experienced traffic ticket attorneys at Rosenblum Law have helped many drivers beat or reduce the consequences of their tickets. E-mail or call 888-883-5529 for a free consultation about your case.