In all states, including New York, law enforcement officials use different methods to apprehend drivers who could be driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs. Drivers should note that they can be pulled over if officers see any probable cause or sign of intoxication.
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.
An alleged drunk driver was arrested in Greenwich Village recently after his car struck an NYPD car on the West Side Highway after 10 one recent evening. According to the police officers, their car was parked with rooftop lights flashing along West 12th and Bethune Street after they had pulled over another vehicle when the alleged drunken driver's vehicle struck theirs. The force of collision pushed the police car onto the car that had been pulled over.
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.
Just about every driver in New York has made a mistake behind the wheel. Some of these slipups are minor like forgetting to use a blinker or slightly speeding, while others are major such as driving the wrong way. When one makes a major driving mistake, the police are more likely to take note and react. Sometimes when these drivers are stopped, they are accused of drunk driving.
Recently, a 26-year old man in White Plains was pulled over by police on suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver was allegedly found by law enforcement sleeping on the wheel of his car, which was parked three feet from the curb with the engine running.
Long Island police recently arrested a 30-year old man for drunk driving after he allegedly crashed his car into a house. Law enforcement officials stated that the man drove his car off the road in Bellmore, New York, drove through a fence, and crashed into the side of a house. The man's car was reportedly seen sticking halfway onto the lawn of the house. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, and assault. The man and a passenger were reportedly trapped inside the car as a result of the accident and were treated for head injuries. The occupants of the house were not harmed.
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.
Our readers in White Plains may have heard the recent news that the sports agent for golfer Tiger Woods was arrested recently in Ardsley. The 44-year-old agent was one of 11 people arrested by police at a sobriety checkpoint near the New York State Thruway.