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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A New York man was arrested and charged with drunk driving in the parking lot of a police academy in Albany. The incident happened on May 17 in the parking lot of the New York State Police Academy.
New York motorists who have multiple prior alcohol- or drug-related traffic convictions may have their drivers' licenses permanently revoked. On May 9, the Court of Appeals ruled that the laws allowing lifetime bans were constitutionally permissible.
New York motorists who have a first-time conviction for driving under the influence are required by law to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. However, this is not the case in every state. As of March 2016, only 26 states had a mandatory requirement that the device must be installed after a first offense when a person is driving over the legal limit. In other states, the device is installed when the driver has a higher blood alcohol content, often .15 or above, for a second offense or at the discretion of the judge.