It’s understandable if you need a glass (or six) of wine in order to survive Thanksgiving with your mother-in-law. Just make sure you’re sober before you get behind the wheel or have a designated driver to get home safe. Law enforcement agencies throughout New York will be cracking down on drunk driving and other traffic violations as part of the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI initiative.
From Wednesday, Nov 23 through Sunday, Nov 27, drivers can expect an increase in both marked and unmarked police vehicles on all state and local roadways. Officers will also be conducting DWI stops at various locations statewide.
In addition to drunk driving, police will be watching for speeding, distracted driving, and other traffic violations. Last year, police issued 14,468 citations during the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI crackdown, including 5,910 tickets for speeding and 715 tickets for distracted driving or cell phone use. The crackdown also resulted in 218 arrests for DWI.
Drunk driving is 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. Drivers could also face up to $1,000 in fines, up to one year in prison, and sometimes a suspended license. If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI initiative, 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.