Readers in New York City are likely aware that there are traffic laws in place in order to keep the city’s roads safe and orderly. Since law enforcement officers are tasked with the enforcement of such laws, there is a misconception that they do not get traffic tickets like other motorists. Regardless of what a driver’s “day job” is, if they are found to be in violation of traffic laws, particularly if their actions are putting others at risk, they are supposed to be held accountable and charged with the traffic violations.
An officer with the NYPD has reportedly been charged with a number of traffic violations following a recent alleged drunk driving incident. According to reports, the man, while off-duty, was allegedly driving under the influence and started driving eastbound in westbound traffic, crashing into five cars. In addition to drunk driving charges, the man was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment, along with several other traffic related charges.
There was no information reported regarding the possible consequences for the charges the officer is facing. Often, traffic violations are punished with fines and points on a driver’s license. In some serious situations, a driver may have their license suspended or be sentenced to jail time as a result of traffic violation charges.
If you are facing charges of traffic violations, it may be helpful to consult with an experienced attorney. A lawyer can explain your options and help you to determine the best course of action for your particular situation. Additionally, legal counsel is available to answer any questions or address any concerns that may arise.
Source: New York Daily News, “Off-duty cop arrested for drunkenly driving wrong way on freeway”, Thomas Tracy, August 11, 2013