The New York state police have recently announced that they will be conducting an amped-up DWI enforcement campaign in order to reduce risk to motorists. The campaign is part of a nationwide “Drive sober or be pulled over” campaign by law enforcement to catch DUI offenders.

State troopers throughout Long Island and New York State will be setting up sobriety checkpoints and increasing patrols to make enforcement of DUI laws more visible to the public. The patrols have the support of activist groups opposed to driving while intoxicated, such as MADD and DEDICATEDD. The push against drunken driving is a response to the more than 48,000 arrests for DUI recorded in New York State by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Drunk driving is an offense that is punished very severely by authorities. Defendants convicted of a DUI offense may face jail sentences, the loss or suspension of their driver’s license or the court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. All of these have a large negative impact on quality of life, but there are also financial penalties as well such as court-imposed fines, higher insurance fees and attorney’s fees. A DUI conviction is an extremely serious problem for defendants.

Anyone accused of a drunk driving offense is entitled to a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A vigorous criminal defense can be obtained through the services of a local criminal defense attorney. Such professionals can question witnesses, dispute the admissibility of evidence and challenge the accuracy of any sobriety tests administered by law enforcement. Defendants have the right to have their charges dismissed outright or reduced if any inaccuracies are found, but it is often extremely difficult to detect these inaccuracies without legal expertise and experience.

Source: The Babylon Beacon, “Campaign against drunk driving kicks off August 16,” Aug. 15, 2013.