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DWI charges follow alcohol-related crash

A 21-year-old driver is facing misdemeanor DWI charges following an accident on July 4. According to New York State Police, the man and his 23-year-old female passenger both suffered injuries in the incident. The man was taken into police custody following the crash. Officials stated that additional charges are likely to be filed.

A single car was involved in the accident, which occurred at 5:14 p.m. The charged man was traveling on Route 29 when the Toyota sedan that he was operating left the roadway and collided with a concrete abutment. According to news sources, police determined that the driver had been drinking, and an investigation revealed a glass smoking pipe as well as an undisclosed amount of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Derek Fisher charged with DUI

New York pro basketball fans are most likely familiar with former Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. Also a former NBA player, Fisher was taken into custody in June 2016 on the suspicion of driving under the influence after he was in a one-car accident in Los Angeles. County court records have now revealed that Fisher has been handed formal DUI charges for that incident.

Fisher was driving in Sherman Oaks, an area northwest of downtown Los Angeles, when his car veered off of U.S. Route 101. The 2015 Cadillac hit a guardrail and flipped over onto its roof, blocking a portion of the busy highway. Neither Fisher nor his passenger were injured.

Holiday weekend means increased DWI enforcement

Drivers throughout New York should be on the lookout for increased DWI enforcement over the July 4 weekend. The Clinton County STOP DWI enforcement program is just one part of a statewide effort to keep drunk or impaired driving to a minimum during the holiday. During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period, there were 92 people killed in accidents involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher.

Between 2011 and 2015, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities were caused by alcohol-related accidents that took place during this holiday period. The enforcement period begins on June 30 and will continue until July 4. Those who are planning on drinking during the holiday are urged to walk to their destination, spend the night or plan on having a designated driver to take them home.

Plea deal in DUI case will keep former NFL legend out of jail

Football fans in New York as well as across the country may want to know more about former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor's guilty plea in connection with a drunk driving case in Florida. On June 19, news sources reported that the plea deal will allow Taylor to avoid jail time for DUI. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in September 2016 near Palm Beach Gardens.

In a statement made to authorities during processing, Taylor indicated that he had been drinking prior to hitting a motorhome and sideswiping a police vehicle. Media sources cited Palm Beach County Court records in their report. In an earlier incident, the longtime NFL player pleaded guilty to patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct. Taylor was sentenced to six years of probation in that case, which was filed in 2011.

Plan ahead: DWI crackdown during Fourth of July

It is no secret that Fourth of July is a holiday enjoyed by millions throughout the country. Barbeques, boating and booze seem to go together at this time. However, for those in New York during the Fourth, it is important to plan a sober ride as there is a statewide focus on stopping drunk drivers.

Police in New York charge wrong-way driver with DWI

Police have charged a 26-year-old man with driving while impaired and driving while intoxicated after he allegedly drove in the wrong direction in Richmond County during the early morning hours of June 11. The New Jersey resident is scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges on Aug. 11. His vehicle was stopped by Port Authority Police on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island near the newly opened Goethals Bridge at approximately 4:00 a.m.

A Port Authority Police sergeant says that he initially saw the man's 2013 Dodge Durango SUV proceeding eastbound in the westbound lanes of Goethals Road North. According to reports, the SUV then passed through traffic cones and headed eastbound on the westbound lanes of the Staten Island Expressway in an area that had been closed to traffic due to ongoing construction work. Police decided to pull the man's SUV over in the vicinity of the West Shore Expressway off-ramp.

Police charge 73-year-old woman with DWI

New York law enforcement authorities have reported that a 73-year-old woman was handed charges of drunk driving on June 7 in connection with an accident involving an unmarked police vehicle. Media reports claim that the woman's blood alcohol level was .21 percent at the time of the crash. Motorists with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher are considered intoxicated under New York law. The accident took place on April 26 in Wellsville at approximately 4:30 p.m.

According to a police report, an unmarked Chrysler 200 sedan operated by the NYSP struck a Ford Escape SUV as it crossed the intersection of New York State Route 417 and West Madison Street. Police say that the SUV ran a red light in the moments before the crash. Emergency medical personnel were quickly dispatched to the scene, and the drivers of both vehicles were transported to a nearby hospital. Media accounts of the accident did not contain details about the nature of their injuries.

Tiger Woods and the field sobriety test

In New York and throughout the country, law enforcement is increasingly using police body cams and dashboard cameras. Whether it's at the station or during a traffic stop, police often record suspects taking field sobriety tests.

The recently released dashboard camera footage of golfer Tiger Woods' Florida arrest gives the public a glimpse of what occurs in a field sobriety test. This type of test is common in New York. The results of the test are used to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to administer a blood alcohol test, which may be gathered through a Breathalyzer or blood test.

Wear your seatbelt or risk a ticket

Throughout New York this week, police are targeting drivers who are not wearing their seatbelts. Known as “Click It or Ticket” nationwide and “Buckle Up New York” in our home state, this campaign is meant to reinforce the importance of wearing your seatbelt while driving.

This campaign will last from May 22nd to June 4th. During that time, police will be ticketing occupants around the clock who fail to wear a seatbelt. They will also be setting up checkpoints to check all vehicle occupants for compliance with the law.

Times Square driver had previous DWI convictions

The driver who caused a fatal accident in Times Square in New York earlier in May reportedly had gotten off easy in a second drunken driving case. The driver, who had been taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving in 2015, was not required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle.

The 26-year-old driver was pulled over by New York authorities on Henry Hudson Parkway on April 22, 2015. He was charged with DWI after refusing to take a breath test. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving on Sept. 8, 2015. Because he had a previous DWI, the judge revoked his driving privileges for six months. He was also required to participate in New York state's STOP-DWI program and have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle. However, the judge changed her mind regarding the interlock device after she learned that he had completed an assessment for drunk drivers.

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