As Labor Day approaches, counties across New York are preparing to crack down on impaired driving and other moving violations for the statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown. The stepped-up enforcement is slated to begin Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 and will run through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
Though the STOP-DWI crackdown focuses on drunk or impaired driving, drivers can also expect troopers to be extra vigilant with regard to reckless driving, distracted driving, speeding, and other moving violations. There will be increased visibility on all major roadways.
Last year, state police issued 47,359 tickets during the STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown, more than 10,000 of which were issued on Labor Day alone. Of the tickets issued, most — 18,660 — were for speeding. Another 2,522 tickets were for child restraint and seatbelt violations, 1,613 were for distracted driving, and 556 were move-over citations. In addition, almost 770 people were arrested for drunk driving.
“There will be no warnings,” said Michele James of St. Lawrence County STOP-DWI when announcing the county’s participation in the crackdown enforcement. “Our message is simple — don’t drink or drug and drive. Have a plan to get home safely. Don’t drive, get a ride. Violators will lose their licenses; pay increased insurance rates, fines, surcharges and DMV fees; and may have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. Driving impaired is not worth it.”
In addition to the safety risk, driving with a BAC of 0.08% or above can result in a suspended or revoked license, fines of up to $1,000, and a year in prison. A DWI conviction can also increase your auto insurance rates or get you dropped by your insurer altogether. The consequences are even harsher for drivers with a higher BAC, those who have been convicted of DWI in the past, or those driving drunk on a suspended license.
It is essential that you retain an attorney if you or someone you love has been arrested for drunk driving or any other moving violation. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is an experienced criminal defense and traffic ticket attorney with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email him or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.