For many of us, the long Thanksgiving weekend means spending extra time with family, sharing memories, laughs, and sometimes a few drinks. If you do decide to have a few drinks this holiday, be sure to plan to be sober or have a designated driver before heading home. From Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26, 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.
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 also be watching for speeding, texting while driving, and other traffic violations. Every year around Thanksgiving police issue around 14,000 citations during the Thanksgiving STOP-DWI crackdown and arrest hundreds for intoxicated driving all over the state.
If you are caught behind the wheel with a BAC of 0.08% or higher you can be charged with a DWI/DUI. If convicted, you could face up to $1,000 in fines and up to one year in prison. Your license can also be suspended or even revoked. In some cases, a judge could order you to installation of a $700 interlock device or attend a victim impact program.
Having a drunk driving conviction on your record is almost guaranteed to make your auto insurance premiums skyrocket. One study even found that a DWI is the most expensive traffic violation in New York.
If you or someone you love has been charged with drunk driving or any other serious traffic violation as part of the STOP DWI Thanksgiving initiative in New York, you need urgent legal help right away. 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.