For many New Yorkers, Labor Day Weekend marks the final weekend before the start of a new school year. For state and local law enforcement officials, however, it means enhanced vigilance for drunk driving and other traffic violations.
Starting Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4, police will be increasing patrols and setting up DWI checkpoints as part of the STOP-DWI Labor Day initiative. In addition to watching for drunk drivers, police will be stepping up enforcement of other traffic violations, such as speeding, texting while driving, and seatbelt violations.
Last month, New York State Troopers issued 10,435 tickets during the Independence Day STOP-DWI initiative. During the enforcement period, 240 people were arrested for DWI. There were 152 accidents during that time, which resulted in three fatalities and 248 people being injured. State police issued 4,115 tickets for speeding, 245 tickets for distracted driving, 603 tickets for seatbelt violations, and 274 tickets for ‘Move Over’ law violations.
Drivers face serious consequences for a DWI conviction in New York. A first offense can potentially cost up $1,000 in fines and result in up to one year in prison. Drivers could also see their license suspended or even revoked. A judge could also order drivers to install an interlock device or attend a victim impact program. A DWI conviction can also send auto insurance premiums through the roof.
If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the Labor Day STOP-DWI enforcement, you need the assistance of an attorney who will work hard to protect your rights. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm have extensive experience fighting drunk driving and other traffic-related crimes in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.