This Memorial Day weekend is a STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekend in New York. From May 27 to May 30, state and local police will be monitoring roads in marked police cars and undercover vehicles to detect and arrest impaired drivers. A zero tolerance policy has been enacted, not only against impaired driving, but against reckless and distracted driving as well. This crackdown is in addition to the two week Click It or Ticket enforcement currently in effect nationwide.
Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which makes for dangerous roads. Last year, New York State Troopers handed out 12,000 tickets during the four-day STOP-DWI enforcement period and made 187 arrests for drunk driving. Local police in 33 participating counties made 141 arrests for driving while intoxicated, 16 for driving while high, and 147 for other offenses. They also handed out 1,874 summonses for other traffic violations.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is considered a criminal offense and is one of the most serious and most severely punished traffic offenses in New York. Under VTL 1192-2, New York’s drunk driving law, a person is considered intoxicated if he or she has a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Police may also charge a person with a common law DWI without using a breathalyzer if they reasonably believe the person shows signs of intoxication.
A person convicted of DWI faces up to 1 year in prison and fines of up to $1500. The charge is elevated to aggravated driving while intoxicated and fines go up to as much as $2,000 if the driver has a BAC of 0.18% or higher. Additional penalties for impaired driving may include license suspension or revocation, court-ordered enrollment in a victim impact program, and the loss of car insurance.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DWI in New York, it is essential that you contact an attorney to argue your case. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is a skilled criminal defense and traffic attorney who will fight vigorously to have the charges reduced or removed. Call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case today.