As we speak, people across the state of New York are begrudgingly putting away their decorations, taking down their lights, and saying their final goodbyes to friends and families as the holidays have officially drawn to a close. Of course, with the end of the holiday season also comes the release of comprehensive statistics summarizing the impact of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
On Monday, an allegedly drunk driver injured a 27-year-old man as the man was crossing a street in Queens.
All this week and next, people across the state of New York will be attending holiday parties put on by family, friends and employers. The majority of these parties will feature delicious food, festive music, carefully planned gift-exchanges and, of course, an assortment of alcoholic beverages.
At this time of the year, the overwhelming majority of the conversation concerning the National Football League is dedicated to the hunt for the playoffs and the players who are most deserving of certain coveted awards. However, a fatal drunk driving accident involving two players from the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend has led many people to start talking about whether NFL personnel, coaches and players are doing enough to combat alcohol abuse.
It's horrifying to think that a school bus driver might be drunk on the job. It's almost beyond belief. Yet, a school bus driver on Long Island was recently charged with a DUI after his school bus crashed right into someone's home, and a blood test revealed he was indeed intoxicated.
According to statistics from state officials, over 300 people are killed and another 6,000 people are injured in drunk driving crashes on New York highways every year. Furthermore, over 50,000 drivers with valid or suspended licenses currently have three or more alcohol-related convictions, while more than 22,000 drunk driving car accidents resulting in 500 fatalities and other serious injuries have been caused by drivers with at least three or more alcohol-related convictions.
The proliferation of smart phones and wireless internet access coupled with the advent of social media has served to drastically transform how news is delivered and we communicate with one another. A vital news tip can be tweeted or an important personal accomplishment posted in the blink of an eye. However, there are some people whose love of social media and need to communicate instantly may go a bit too far.
While state and federal officials have conducted seemingly hundreds of studies examining the effects/impact of drunk driving, they have actually done remarkably little research on the effect of driving under the influence of drugs.
Most New York City residents may not realize that with a strong defense, one can successfully defend against drunk driving charges. One recent case highlights the fact that even when the facts seem straightforward and do not seem to be in an accused person's favor, acquittal may still be appropriate and achieved.
It's important to realize that a conviction for DUI/DWI here in New York can have dramatic consequences that extend beyond the criminal law realm. For instance, convicted drunk drivers face suspended licenses, ignition interlock devices and even increased insurance premiums. In fact, the lobbyist wife of a 10-term congressman learned this the hard way just last week.