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.
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.
When drivers in New York are involved in traffic accidents, investigations may be initiated in order to determine the causes of them. Sometimes, arrests are made by police at accident scenes depending upon the circumstances. This may often happen if drunk driving or other related offenses are believed to have been involved.
Penalties for driving while intoxicated convictions typically include many components. Fines, jail time, suspension or revocation of driving privileges and community service are among the common consequences. As noted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, New York is one of few states that also require the use of ignition interlock devices after any and all DWI, DUI or DWAI convictions. The majority of states order IIDs only for drivers with exceptionally high blood alcohol contents or with prior drunk driving convictions.
Over the course of the past few decades, drunk driving laws and penalties around the country have changed. In most states, including New York, the changes have meant stricter laws and harsher consequences for any people found guilty of driving while intoxicated. Imposed penalties can include jail time, very steep fines, loss of driving privileges and the required use of ignition interlock devices once driving privileges are restored.
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.
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.