Holiday times, especially when spanning a weekend, are common times for law enforcement to step up their efforts in cracking down on traffic violations. New Yorkers may often feel as though every day is a holiday with the crackdowns they have seen since the mayor launched the Vision Zero plan last year. However, there still remain more arrests and tickets over key holiday times, including for driving while intoxicated.
Speeding or other traffic violations that may involve pedestrians are not the only situations watched more carefully by New York police these days. Especially over a holiday weekend, law enforcement can be expected to monitor suspected drunk driving activity more closely as well. Local news media give a lot of attention to reports involving people arrested for driving while intoxicated and often paints them as irresponsible citizens that do not care about others. That, however, is not necessarily an accurate or complete view.
New Yorkers quick to jump on the bandwagon that all people arrested for impaired driving offenses are irresponsible drunks should rethink that position. Many a responsible and professional person has been and can find themselves in such a situation. A quick stop for happy hour on the way home from the office all that is needed to put a person in jeopardy of a drunk driving arrest.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has guidelines for three types of field sobriety tests. According to the NHTSA, law enforcement members in New York and across the country are trained to use these tests when they suspect someone of drunk driving. Those tests include the following:
A drunk driving conviction anywhere typically means temporarily losing driving privileges, having to pay a fine and even facing time in jail. Motorists will also see a spike in their auto insurance premiums as a direct result of the DUI. A new study has found that in New York City, that increase is actually more expensive than in anywhere else in the country.
An evening of fun and revelry can quickly become one filled with panic and fear when New Yorkers are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Many choose not to submit to a breath test in an effort to prevent incriminating themselves. However, declining to perform a breathalyzer does not necessarily mean that a person will not be charged with DUI. In fact, refusing a breath test carries serious penalties, some of which are just as severe as those resulting from alcohol-related offenses.
People in New York City, and throughout the state, who are believed to be driving drunk are frequently arrested by law enforcement. According to a report by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, there were 50,805 drunk driving arrests in 2013 alone. Often, those arrested do not realize that in addition to field sobriety and breath tests, their social media accounts could also be used against them. At the law firm Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we often work with people who have experienced this type of situation and are unaware of the potential consequences. In this post, we will discuss how social media can impact DUI cases.
In Manhattan, and throughout the state of New York, drinking and driving is considered a serious criminal offense. As such, people who are convicted of DUI charges may face severe penalties. These may include fines, driver’s license suspensions or revocations, and jail time, among other consequences. Often, such convictions and the resultant penalties can have lasting effects on people’s personal lives, as well as their professional lives.
There are a number of reasons you might want to avoid a traffic ticket in New York, such as incurring a fine. Additionally, according to SafeNY, you might want to avoid speeding because for every 5 miles an hour you travel over 60 miles an hour, you are essentially paying an additional 24 cents a gallon.
It is widely known that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that aims to strengthen DUI laws and penalties. In New York and across the country, there are statutes that dictate legal limits for blood alcohol content as well as the consequences of a DWI conviction. MADD recently rated the states based on their efforts to reduce the incidence rate of drunk driving, finding New York to hold model laws in one specific area.