Drunk driving is strictly prohibited in the United States. Each state has its own unique set of penalties that are imposed on those arrested for drunk driving. New York has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country. Readers should note that anyone, regardless of social status or government affiliation can be arrested for DUI, which is the case of an NYPD officer who was recently charged with DUI after being involved in a minor accident.
Being charged with drunk driving can be a difficult situation for any New York resident. However, for particular residents, like those working in law enforcement, charges can be even more severe, threatening their job and standing in the community.
Lightning rarely strikes the same spot twice, but when it does, the effects are rarely pleasant to anyone near the strike. Take the case of an Oneonta man who recently earned not one, but two DWI charges on the same night and at the same location.
New York does not tolerate drunk driving on its streets. And despite the fact that drunk driving is considered a serious offense and carries significant penalties, the state still has its fair share of alcohol-related incidents. When one finds him or herself charged with a drunk driving crime, it can be life-altering. A recent DUI incident can help serve as an example.
American justice holds that no one is above the law. That lesson is apparent to any New Yorker who followed the recent news about the latest arrest of Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins. The mayor landed in trouble with police when he was caught in the aftermath of an apparent drunken-driving accident. He then compounded his problem with a series of profanity-laden rants directed at officers that were caught on police surveillance videos.
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.
The district attorney for Ontario County, New York, was recently honored by the New York chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the New York State Stop-DWI Foundation for his work in prosecuting DUI cases. The district attorney has been active in prosecuting DUI cases for over 24 years. Ontario County has had some of New York's highest DUI rates for 28 out of the previous 29 years, but the district attorney's office in the county has been diligently working to reduce the trend. During this time period, the average number of yearly fatalities stemming from drunk driving accidents has been reduced from fifteen to two. According to the prosecutor himself, Ontario County has assistant district attorneys who specialize in prosecuting drunk driving cases, which sets the county apart from most others in New York.
It is always good to remind people not to drink and drive. And it's best to relay that message before someone is stopped and charged with DWI. New York is doing just that, with the "Tie One On For Safety" campaign. The state's Thruway Authority toll collectors are working with Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and handing out red ribbons for a day. The ribbons commemorate MADD's annual campaign.