The long weekend and warm weather that come with Memorial Day bring with it a fair amount of drinking. The weekend is also one of the busiest travel times of the year, which makes for dangerous roads. This Memorial Day weekend, state and local police will on the lookout for drunk driving and other traffic violations. The STOP-DWI Crackdown will run from Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29. Law enforcement will be monitoring roads in marked police cars and undercover vehicles.
Last year, the enforcement campaign resulted in 11,946 citations. Most of the tickets were issued for speeding, although an additional 2,173 tickets were handed out for seat-belt violations, 224 for drunk driving, 358 for distracted driving, and 135 for Move Over law violations.
In New York, a person is considered to be legally drunk if he or she has a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Police may also charge a person with a common law DWI without using a breathalyzer if they reasonably believe the person shows signs of intoxication.
A DWI conviction can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $1,000. The charge is elevated to aggravated driving while intoxicated and fines go up to as much as $2,000 if the driver has a BAC of 0.18% or higher. A judge could also require you to install a vehicle interlock device or attend a victim impact program. In addition, your auto insurance rates will likely go through the roof.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI Memorial Day 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.