Now that summer is officially winding down, people across the state of New York will be looking to maximize their time spent outdoors before the leaves start to fall and the gray skies return. This means more time spent at BBQs, baseball/softball games, parties and outdoor restaurants/taverns with patios. However, one of the staples of all of these outdoor events is alcohol and with this abundance of alcohol comes an increased risk of motorists driving under the influence (DUI).
In anticipation of this potential problem, both state and federal officials have announced respective campaigns centered on combating/educating drivers on the dangers of drunk driving.
Here in New York, officials with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and various law enforcement agencies have announced the start of the "STOP-DWI" program, which runs from August 15 through September 5.
"Drunk drivers contribute to the deaths of hundreds of people each year," said Barbara J. Fiala, Commissioner of the DMV and Chair of the GTSC. "As one of the sponsors of this evening's traffic safety night, the GTSC wants to remind all [people] that it is never a smart choice to get behind the wheel while impaired and that choosing to do so can have potentially deadly consequences."
According to state officials, driving under the influence has taken a rather significant toll on New Yorkers:
- In 2009 alone, New York was the scene of well over 8,800 auto wrecks involving alcohol
- In 2009 alone, over 300 people were killed in these 8,800 plus alcohol-related crashes
As stated earlier, the STOP-DWI program will be conducted in conjunction with the "Driver Sober of Get Pulled Over" campaign, which is run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and runs over the same period of time.
The message of the NHTSA's program - which features a nationwide campaign and calls for increased enforcement - is that a DWI/DUI arrest can have embarrassing and costly consequences.
"You may not see them, but they will see you. Law enforcement here in New York and all around America are cracking down on anyone who breaks the law and drives drunk," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "If you've had too much to drink, don't even think about getting behind the wheel - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...
Being arrested for DWI/DUI can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.
When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
WKBW-7 "Statewide Labor Day Stop-DWI effort announced" Aug. 18, 2011