For as long as people have been getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, there have been efforts by law enforcement authorities and activists to prevent this from happening. While some people might argue that some of these measures go too far, there are others that claim law enforcement officers and political officials still aren't doing enough. Although all states have statutes and laws to punish those who drive under the influence, each state goes about its business a little differently.
Less than an hour and a half after being stopped and charged with DWI on New Year's Day, a Poughkeepsie woman was stopped a second time for the same offense. After the second contact, police took the woman into custody on additional DWI charges. A female passenger in her car was also taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and related offenses. Both women were detained in the Ulster County Jail in lieu of bail. Police say the first incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Jan. 1 when they spotted the 20-year-old woman driving the wrong direction on southbound U.S. Highway 9 West. The woman was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving and related traffic offenses after she was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent. Police released the woman into the custody of a responsible third party following the first stop.
New York basketball fans had to do without Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd for two games at the start of the season. He was suspended by the NBA after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Kidd would miss the first two games opening basketball's regular season, against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland and against the Miami Heat at home. Analysts expected the suspension as well as its length because other players and coaches had been given the same penalty after convictions or pleas on drunk driving charges.
On television, police dramas never involve issues like jurisdictional limitations of one police department over another when pursuing a fleeing vehicle. Police in Amherst, New York, work in the real world of town and county lines at which their jurisdiction either ends or must give way to other police agencies. Such a situation occurred recently as police from Amherst realized that their pursuit of a woman suspected of driving while intoxicated was entering the jurisdiction of another police department.