Despite the fact that no New York teams are playing in the Super Bowl, plenty of New York drivers will be heading to viewing parties this weekend. In addition to being one of the most watched television events of the year, the Super Bowl is also a big night for drinking. As such, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on those who drive under the influence as part of the STOP-DWI Super Bowl enforcement campaign.
The campaign, which is funded by Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee, starts Friday, Feb. 2 and ends Monday, Feb. 5. Law enforcement across the state will be increasing patrols of marked and unmarked police vehicles as well as setting up sobriety checkpoints. Police will also be on the lookout for more common driving infractions, such as speeding, texting while driving, and seatbelt violations. The 2017 STOP-DWI Super Bowl campaign saw 110 drivers arrested DWI and more than 4,000 traffic citations issued.
Even a first-time charge for driving while intoxicated in New York is a very serious crime. Drivers found with a BAC (blood-alcohol content) of 0.08% or more could face fines up to $1,000 and potentially spend up to one year in prison. A conviction will also heavily impact your auto insurance rates for the next 10 years, costing thousands of dollars more in the long run.
If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other traffic violation as part of the STOP-DWI Super Bowl crackdown, you need to help of an attorney who can help you avoid the most serious consequences. The attorneys at the Rosenblum Law Firm have extensive experience fighting drunk driving and other traffic violations in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.