You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry – and if you drink you’d better not drive, because STOP-DWI is coming to town. From Friday, December 16, 2016 through Monday, January 1, 2017, local police and state troopers throughout New York State will be cracking down on naughty drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Pull Over crackdown. Officers will be watching out for drunk driving as well as for speeding, distracted driving, and other traffic violations.
Drivers can expect an increase in both marked and unmarked police vehicles on all state and local roadways during the crackdown. Officers will also be conducting DWI stops at various locations statewide in an effort to combat drunk driving, as research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%.
In December 2015, drunk driving resulted in 840 crash-related deaths. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, from 2010 to 2014, January 1 had the second-highest rate of crash deaths, with an average of 118 deaths. Alcohol was a factor in 62% of those deaths. During those same years, 41% of crash deaths on December 24 involved alcohol.
A drunk driving conviction means more than just coal in your stockings. It could lead to up to $1,000 in fines, one year in prison, and even a suspended license. Drunk driving is also the most expensive traffic violation in New York insurance-wise, 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 Enforcement Crackdown, contact an attorney immediately. 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.