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New York's STOP-DWI program has reduced drunk driving crashes

The New York Sate Special Traffic Options for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) program was put into effect throughout the state in 1981. It was established to help local and state police agencies better coordinate their efforts to reduce drunk driving crashes statewide. Since it was first instituted, these types of collisions have gone down by 74 percent.

Legalized recreational marijuana use leads to more crashes

The author of a report published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Oct. 16 notes that there's been a recent uptick in the amount of motorists choosing to drive under the influence of drugs recently in the United States. They also argued that something needs to be done about it. A report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on Oct. 18 reflect those same sentiments.

A drunk driving conviction can affect you in the long term

If you ask someone what the short-term consequences of being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are, they'll likely tell you that your license will be suspended, you may have to pay a fine and serve a night in jail. What they may not know though is what the long-term consequences of a DWI conviction on your record may be.

New York's drunk drivers may also face child endangerment charges

While driving drunk never makes sense, doing so with a child in the car is even worse. According to the nonprofit advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), all but three states have laws that allow prosecutors to upgrade intoxicated motorist charges if they're caught with a child in their car.

Can you refuse a roadside chemical test in New York?

If you get pulled over by law enforcement or caught up in an enforcement roadblock, you may wonder what rights you have under New York law. It can be frustrating and frightening to have a police officer ask you to submit to a chemical test. You may worry about the accuracy of the test and whether you are causing legal problems for yourself. That may make you want to refuse the test to avoid implicating yourself.

New York drunk driving charges can impact your finances and life

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle, a person's gender, their body weight and the amount of alcohol they consumed can impact their level of intoxication. Whether they consumed any food either before or while drinking and how long it took for them to finish the food may also affect how responsive they are to stimuli as well.

Should I submit to field sobriety tests?

If you get stopped for suspicion of drunk or impaired driving, you need to understand the potential consequences of any actions and admissions that you take or make. In some instances, how you comport yourself in the immediate aftermath of a DUI stop can determine whether you get arrested or are allowed to proceed on your way.

Breathalyzer results shouldn’t be an automatic DUI conviction.

You’re driving home after spending a pleasant night at a friend’s house. You’re not speeding, and although you had a couple beers over the course of the evening, you don’t feel impaired. Suddenly, you see those tell-tale lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You pull over.

Memorial Day weekend DWI warnings

For many in New York, Memorial Day weekend represents the gateway to summer. It is an unofficial summer holiday that represents time with family, barbeques in parks, camping trips or even trips to the coast. It also is the first major travel holiday of the summer driving season.

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