Although St. Patrick’s Day has its roots as a religious holiday, in the U.S. the day is mostly known for fun, revelry, and lots of drinking. With drinking comes the possibility of drunk driving, which is why New York State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force all weekend long for the STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown initiative.
The statewide enforcement campaign starts on Friday, March 16 and will run through Sunday, March 18. State troopers, county sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will increase their presence in marked and unmarked vehicles in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths related to drunk driving. Police will also be on the lookout for other common moving violations, including speeding, texting while driving, seatbelt violations, and more.
The STOP-DWI Superbowl Crackdown, which ran from Feb. 2 through Monday, Feb. 5, resulted in 7,700 tickets and 120 arrests for intoxicated driving. State troopers investigated 875 crashes, which resulted in 137 people injured but no fatalities. Among the tickets issued, police handed out 2,461 for speeding, 198 for cell phone/texting violations, 198 for seatbelt violations and 77 for failing to comply with the state’s “Move Over” law.
If you are caught with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher you can be charged with DWI/DUI (a.k.a. drunk driving). A conviction for drunk driving (first offense) can result in fines of $500-$2,500, up to one year in prison and a license revocation of at least one year. You may also be required to install an expensive ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Drunk driving convictions have the most devastating impact on your insurance premiums of any traffic violation and can even result in you being dropped by your auto insurer altogether.
You’ll need more than a four-leaf clover to get out of a drunk driving charge – you’ll need the help of a skilled attorney. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown, contact the Rosenblum Law Firm right away. Our attorneys have extensive experience fighting alcohol and other traffic-related charges. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.