As New Yorkers enjoy Super Bowl parties and viewings this weekend, the NYSP and local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on those who drive under the influence. This year’s STOP-DWI campaign started Saturday, February 6, 2016 and ends Monday, February 8, 2016.
The campaign, which is funded by Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee, will feature increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and an emphasis on underage drinking. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement saying, “State Police will be out in force to help ensure New Yorkers have a safe Super Bowl weekend. There is zero tolerance for impaired and reckless driving.”
Last year during the STOP-DWI campaign, New York State Police arrested over 30 people for driving while impaired and issued over 1,000 traffic citations. Local law enforcement crackdowns also resulted in over 100 DWI arrests, five drug-related driving arrests, and approximately 1,100 citations.
Even a first-time charge for driving while intoxicated in New York is a very serious crime and you could face fines up to $1,000 (plus $400 in surcharges) and up to one year in prison. In addition to the heavy fines and penalties, there are potentially fatal consequences to driving while impaired. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 31% of total fatalities in 2014, or more than 9,000 deaths, were caused by a driver with a BAC of .08.
If you were charged with a DWI or issued a traffic citation in New York during the Super Bowl Weekend or at any other time, contact the Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-203-2619 for a free consultation with one of our experienced traffic attorneys.