Throughout New York as well as across other states in the country, many police checkpoints are commonly set up to seek out drunk drivers over key holiday times. The recent Fourth of July holiday weekend is no exception. Press coverage about drunk driving can make it hard to remember that many people who are arrested for driving while intoxicated are actually honest, responsible citizens. It is easier than many may realize to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above. Not everyone in this situation should be looked upon as dangerous criminals.
People who have received traffic tickets can sometimes feel that they have no chance of defending against any charges. This can be the case whether the incident involved speeding, running a red light, driving while intoxicated or something else. However, a proper defense is the right of anyone accused of these actions and there are times that charges can be dropped or convictions avoided.
New York residents lately have seen an increase in efforts to stamp out pedestrian deaths. This includes the creation of designated slow zones where speed limits have been lowered, the installation of red light cameras near certain schools, specific speed detection crackdowns and more. Drivers who are suspected of driving while intoxicated are also often the subject of additional efforts by law enforcement.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is something that New York law enforcement takes very seriously. The penalties that a driver who is eventually convicted of a DUI or related offense can be extreme and last many years. These penalties can increase if any repeated convictions occur within a specific timeframe. With the negative publicity surrounding drunk driving, it can be too easy to create a stereotype about the type of people who are charged with drunk driving.
Drivers can be stopped for many reasons by officers in New York. Once stopped, they may be subject to field sobriety tests or other methods that are used to determine their sobriety. If these tests are not passed, officers can arrest a driver for drunk driving. This charge can be in addition to any other traffic violation for which they may be cited. Common reasons for stops include speeding, failure to yield the right of way or the failure to obey a traffic control signal.
Depending on the circumstances of a specific case, some people who are arrested for suspected drunk driving in New York are charged with misdemeanors and others are charged with felonies. As such, the potential penalties may vary for the different charges related to driving while intoxicated. The existence of any previous DWI or DUI convictions may be one factor that affects the charge of a current situation.
With New York law enforcement seeming to crack down harder and harder on people who speed or break other traffic laws, it can be all too easy to assume that all people who are arrested or ticketed are irresponsible. The truth is that many honest people can be in situations that lead to potential charges for a wide range of things. For example, some people can have elevated blood alcohol levels after even just one drink that would open them up to a charge of driving while intoxicated.
Drivers in New York that receive traffic tickets or that are arrested for various traffic violations can find themselves subject to a wide range of penalties. Points on driving records, fines, reinstatement fees and even jail time can be faced depending upon the offense. A conviction for driving while intoxicated can include all of the above and more. However, it is important for defendants to know that options do exist to reduce the ultimate penalties even if they are convicted.
New York’s traffic laws are strictly enforced, especially with the Vision Zero plan in full force, spearheaded by the city’s mayor. Whether speeding, collisions or drunk driving, motorists must take caution when involved in any such incident. Complicated circumstances can leave drivers vulnerable to incorrect arrests or more severe penalties that are necessary.
Laws against drinking and driving in New York and around the country have grown stronger and stronger in recent decades. However, drivers cannot be stopped initially for driving while intoxicated as police would not be able to prove this. An initial traffic stop for another reason must first be warranted and then, if alcohol or drugs are suspected to be involved, further testing can take place. Depending upon the results of those tests, an arrest for DWI, DUI or DWAI can be made.