There are few things more peaceful and endearing than seeing your neighborhood aglow with festive holiday lights. But there is one set of lights you don’t want to see this holiday season—those of a police cruiser in your rearview mirror. Starting on Friday, Dec. 15 and ending on Monday, Jan. 1, New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force as part of the STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown.
State and local roadways will see an increase in marked and unmarked police vehicles during the two-week enforcement initiative. Officers will also be conducting DWI stops at various locations statewide. The goal is to both catch and dissuade New Yorkers from driving drunk. Police will also be on the watch for speeding, texting while driving, and other traffic violations (in fact, statistically more tickets are issued for violations other than DWI during the annual holiday blitz).
Those who wish to avoid the risk of a ticket can get help from a free app. The Have a Plan mobile app was developed by STOP-DWI New York under a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The app assists users in creating a plan to get home safely if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. It lets users preload a list of designated drivers or find a taxi cab via GPS. It also has a feature that estimates your level of impairment and can test your motor skills.
A New York drunk driving conviction could lead to up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in jail, and a suspended license. In fact, if you are convicted of multiple DWI offenses you could be looking at a lifetime driver’s license revocation. Drunk driving is also the most expensive traffic violation in New York in terms of impact on auto insurance rates, according to a recent study, and can even get you dropped by your insurance carrier altogether. If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown, contact an attorney right away to protect your rights. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced criminal defense and traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.