A 30-year-old New York woman is facing a raft of charges including counts of criminal mischief and assault after she lost control of her car and crashed into a building at John F. Kennedy International Airport on the morning of Aug. 3. Port Authority police say that the woman admitted to consuming large amounts of alcohol while attending a party the night before.
Many New York residents use ride-sharing apps like Uber to get home after a night of drinking. Although a lot of people claim that Uber has prevented them from driving drunk, the introduction of the ride-sharing service may not have had any measureable effect on drunk driving fatality rates. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that alcohol-related traffic fatalities have not decreased because of Uber.
A reporter for a New York daily tabloid was taken into custody on July 20 after police determined that he had left the scene of an accident. The 32-year-old man was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated after a breath test administered at a Manhattan police station allegedly revealed his blood alcohol level to be .211 percent, more than double the legal limit.
A 27-year-old man was taken into custody after he was observed driving erratically on Post Avenue in Nassau County at about 11:18 p.m. on July 17. The man was driving a 2001 Honda, and police say that there was a 3-week-old baby in an unrestrained child seat at the time.
When a New York resident is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, a police officer may request a breath sample. While many drivers do take the breath test, at least 20 percent refuse. Due to implied consent laws, these drivers risk losing their license and other potential penalties.
Some New York residents may recall that Mothers Against Drunk Drivers introduced the concept of a designated driver about three decades ago. Now, technology and new ways of thinking about transport means that there are other options available beyond having a driver along who is not drinking. Uber has positioned itself as a significant force in reducing drunk driving because it is such an easily available option.
A driver crashed into the home of a New York Police Department officer shortly before midnight on June 13. When the man's Volvo entered the backyard of the officer's Staten Island home, the crash destroyed the deck, crushed part of the pool and left a scattering of debris. The officer and his family were woken up by what they thought was an explosion.
Motorists in New York charged with driving while intoxicated will generally face a lengthy driving ban. Even drivers well below the legal limit who are not charged with a crime may see their licenses suspended for 90 days if they are cited for driving while their ability is impaired by alcohol. New York is also an implied consent state, and the driving privileges of motorists who refuse to submit to a toxicology test can be revoked for a full year. Those with a commercial driver's license face an 18-month revocation for such a refusal.
One driver in New York had an unusual complaint when she was stopped on suspicion of drunk drinking on June 2. The 28-year-old woman told the police that she was targeted because she was rich. However, the authorities say the woman was under the influence of alcohol.
The Hamptons are a popular playground for the wealthy of New York, and the coastal area allegedly proved intoxicating for one man of uncertain fortunes. The police in Sag Harbor stopped him for erratic driving. According to the police report, he would not allow a breath test to be administered.