Police in New York have reported that a 31-year-old Suffolk County resident was taken into custody on the afternoon of Oct. 30 following a routine traffic stop. The man, who police say has not been in trouble with the law before, faces a number of charges including a misdemeanor count of aggravated DWI. Reports indicate that the man's bail has been set at $500.
While New York is one of the states that has legalized medical marijuana, there is still no scientifically accurate test to ascertain whether a person is too impaired to drive. There are a number of hurdles to developing such a test. One of the major ones is that unlike alcohol, THC does not act in a predictable way in the human body. Its effects differ from person to person, and there is no reliable measure of THC that corresponds to dangerous impairment.
A 58-year-old New York woman was taken into custody on the evening of Oct. 25 after officers in Niagara County determined that she was driving her SUV while under the influence of alcohol. Officers say that the woman's speech was slurred, her breath smelled of alcohol and a half empty bottle of tequila was visible on the floor of her Chevrolet Equinox. In additions to a charge of driving while intoxicated, the woman is facing counts of drinking while behind the wheel and refusing a breath test.
A New York man has been sentenced to prison for an incident in which he drove a tractor through the rural town of Lowville in a state of intoxication. He was arrested by authorities at the time of the incident on March 5 and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Aug. 12.
Leandra's Law is a New York statute that increases the consequences against people who are convicted of driving while intoxicated. It requires the installation of an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by individuals who were sentenced after Aug. 14, 2010 for driving while intoxicated. It also requires that a restriction for ignition interlock be placed on their driver's licenses.
New York residents who worry about being detained for drunk driving following a night out at the club with friends may be interested in knowing about one company's efforts to promote and support responsible drinking. Due to the high number of DWI incidents in its home state, DERMATEC, a start-up based in New Mexico, has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat.
New York residents might want to know that a new device that detects THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in a driver's saliva was invented by Stanford University researchers. Since marijuana has been legalized in over 20 states and more are set to vote on this issue in November, the "potalyzer" device was created to help officers perform field tests on drivers suspected of marijuana impairment.
At the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York state is participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. It runs from Aug. 18 to Sept. 5 to coincide with the Labor Day holiday. During this period, both state and local police will work together to emphasize enforcement of impaired driving laws.
A prominent New York hedge fund investor was charged with drunk driving, speeding and cocaine possession on Aug. 13. The 35-year-old man was arrested after he was involved in a two-car accident in the Hamptons at 3 a.m. Because the man refused to take a breath test after the accident, authorities in East Hampton suspended his driver's license.
A 35-year-old hedge fund executive was accused of driving drunk in New York on Aug. 13. The Kerrisdale Capital Management founder and chief executive officer was involved in a two-car accident at about 3 a.m. in the Hamptons. It was reported that that the accused driver collided with a Ford SUV while he was traveling on Montauk Highway near Bluff Road.