As revelers gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, police will be gathering to watch for those who may be driving while intoxicated or committing other traffic offenses. The STOP DWI St. Patrick’s Day enforcement initiative will begin Tuesday, March 16, and run through Sunday, March 21.
In most years, March sees the most drivers pulled over for drunk driving, particularly around St. Patrick’s Day weekend, due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road. According to DMV data, March 2018 and 2019 saw approximately 900 accidents in which impairment was a factor. Despite the early pandemic-induced shutdowns, March 2020 saw 660 alcohol-related crashes.
In addition to DWI, police will also be mindful of other common moving violations, including speeding, texting while driving, seatbelt violations, and more. Statewide, police issue thousands of traffic tickets during enforcement events like this, as police beef up their presence in both marked and unmarked vehicles.
A driver caught behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher can be charged with DWI. New York State considers drunk driving a criminal offense and a conviction means having a permanent criminal record. In addition, the driver can end up paying fines of up to $1,000 and spend up to one year in prison. He/she could also be required to install an interlock device on his/her car and attend a victim impact program. Drunk driving convictions also cause auto insurance premiums to increase dramatically; in some cases by as much as 76%.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI or any other traffic violation in New York during the St. Patrick’s Day STOP DWI crackdown, call an attorney right away. The attorneys of the Rosenblum Law are experienced at fighting drunk driving and many other traffic violations in New York and New Jersey. E-mail or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.